(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Bnei Yehuda took an important step towards the playoff round of the Europa
League on Tuesday night, defeating Sweden’s Helsingborgs IF 1-0 at Bloomfield
Yossi Abuksis’s team showed significant improvement from its
matches against UE Sant Julià of Andorra in the previous round and could have
won by more than a single goal on Tuesday.
Pedro Galvan scored the only
goal of the match in the 41st minute with a cool finish, but Bnei Yehuda will
not be celebrating its progress just yet.
Helsingborgs leads the Swedish
league midway through its season, and despite its poor performance on Tuesday,
it will believe it has a real chance of overturning the first leg deficit when
it hosts the return leg next Thursday.
“I’m pleased with the win, but we
have only come through the first half of the tie,” Abuksis said. “We played well
for this stage of the season and the players deserve a lot of credit. We believe
we can complete our progress in Sweden.”
Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel
Aviv play their third qualifying round first legs on Thursday.
visits FK Zeljeznicar in Bosnia, while Hapoel hosts Liechtenstein’s FC Vaduz.