Kiryat Shmona 311.
(photo credit: (Asaf Kliger))
Ironi Kiryat Shmona can begin to prepare for the Champions League playoffs after
thrashing Azerbaijan’s Neftci PFK 4-0 in the first leg of the third qualifying
round at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium in Haifa on Wednesday.
disaster, the Israeli champion will secure its progress on the road next week
after a commanding performance.
Barak Badash’s opener from the penalty
spot in the 42nd minute set the foundation for an explosive second half, with
Shimon Abu Hazeira (52) and Bryan Gerzicich (70, 76) completing the
“We played very well throughout the match,” said
Kiryat Shmona’s delighted coach Gili Landau. “We found the way to break Neftci
and now we can look forward to an extended continental campaign.”
draw for the playoff round of the Champions League will be held next Friday,
with the likes of Scotland’s Celtic and Belgium’s Anderlecht possible
Even if Kiryat Shmona is knocked out in the playoff round, it
will be guaranteed European soccer deep into the winter as the losing teams
progress automatically to the group stage of the Europa League.