Ironi Kiryat Shmona will have a mountain to climb next week to reach the
Champions League group stage after falling to a 2-0 defeat to BATE Borisov of
Belarus in the first leg of the playoffs on Wednesday night.
of goalkeeper Danny Amos kept Kiryat Shmona alive in the first half, but Vitali
Rodionov still scored twice for the hosts (29, 78), the second after Kiryat
Shmona’s Dusan Matovic was sent off, and the Israeli champion will need to
record a stunning turnaround to advance to the showcase competition of European