Toto Tamuz 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Hapoel Tel Aviv was confident of progressing to the Europa League round of 32
after being drawn into Group C with PSV Eindhoven, Rapid Bucharest and Legia
However, its 3-2 defeat at Legia Warsaw on Thursday night leaves
it with zero points after two matches, and with two consecutive encounters to
come against the Dutch powerhouse from Eindhoven, its continental campaign is in
danger of ending far earlier than it had hoped.
Maccabi Tel Aviv was the
only Israeli side to avoid defeat on Thursday, with the yellowand- blue drawing
1-1 against Dynamo Kiev at Bloomfield Stadium, while Maccabi Haifa lost 3-1 at
In Warsaw, Toto Tamuz put Hapoel in front in the 34th minute
and Hapoel held a deserved lead at the break.
However, the hosts found
their rhythm in the second half, with Danijel Ljuboja’s equalizer (67) and
Marcin Komorowski’s penalty (72) turning the match on its
Substitute Maharan Lala got Tel Aviv back on level terms 11 minutes
from time, but the Hapoel striker squandered a great chance to win the match in
the 88th minute and moments later Miroslav Radovic´ clinched the win for the
“We had an excellent first half, one of our best this season, but
we didn’t show up after the break and that is something we need to answer for,”
midfielder Shay Abutbul said.
“We made a lot of mistakes in the second
half and at this level you pay for mistakes. We are not thinking about
progressing at this stage. All we want is to win matches.”
Ideye Brown gave Kiev an early ninth minute lead, but Dor Micha ensured that the
hosts had something to show for their efforts, scoring a superb equalizer in the
Despite seeing his team pick up its first point in Group E
following its 5-1 defeat at Besiktas two weeks ago, Maccabi coach Moti Ivanir
was frustrated with the final result.
“The players were fantastic. I was
proud of them,” Ivanir said. “But I’m disappointed.
We should have won.
We were in complete control, but conceded a needless early
Nevertheless, Tel Aviv will be entering Monday’s crunch Premier
League showdown against Maccabi Haifa brimming with confidence, while the Greens
will be reeling from another defeat.
Haifa couldn’t build on its 1- 0 win
over AEK Larnaca two weeks ago, losing 3-1 in Germany on
Christian Fuchs opened the scoring for the hosts after eight
minutes, but Idan Vered tied the score in the 35th minute, only for Fuchs (66)
and José Manuel Jurado (82) to secure the three points and send Schalke top of
“We’re disappointed,” Haifa coach Elisha Levy said. “We played
an excellent team and we were equal to them for much of the match. Our group is
still wide open after Steaua Bucharest and Larnaca drew so we are hoping to get
back to winning ways and progress.”
Steaua’s Israeli coach Roni Levy
stepped down following the 1-1 drew in Cyprus after less than four months in