Hapoel Tel Aviv iced out in Russia

Gutman's Reds lose 3-0 to Rubin Kazan in first leg of round of 32 Europa League tie.

February 18, 2010 19:18
Rubin Kazan's Semak, left, vies for the ball with

Menteshashvili Hapoel Tel Aviv 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Hapoel Tel Aviv was unable to overcome freezing temperatures in Russia on Thursday afternoon, losing 3-0 to Rubin Kazan in the first leg of their round of 32 Europa League tie.

In an effort to avoid dangerously cold conditions, UEFA had agreed to move the match forward by four hours. However, even in the bright afternoon daylight of the Central Stadium, the icy weather was still the crucial factor in the match.

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Hapoel simply froze. The Israeli team’s players barely ran for much of the match, hardly able to put a few passes together, let alone a significant attack.

Meanwhile, even though Kazan hadn’t played a competitive match since the start of December, the Russian champion was full of vigor and could have got four or five goals.

Aleksandr Bukharov scored twice in the nine first half minutes and Sergei Semak killed the match off 20 minutes from time.

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