Maccabi Tel Aviv Soccer.
(photo credit: Maccabi Tel Aviv website)
Despite losing 2-1 to FK Mogren in Montenegro, Maccabi Tel Aviv advanced to the
third qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday night. However, Bnei
Yehuda was sent packing after a humbling 1-0 home defeat to Ireland’s Shamrock
Maccabi claimed a 3-2 aggregate victory over Mogren thanks to its
2-0 win at Bloomfield Stadium last week. But if it doesn’t register a
significant improvement against Greece’s Olympiacos in the first leg of the
third qualifying round next Thursday it could find itself on the wrong end of an
embarrassing scoreline in Athens.
“We achieved our goal, but it is never
nice to lose,” said Maccabi coach Yossi Mizrahi. “It is a shame we lost. We will
have to learn from this match. We can’t afford to look like this against
Bnei Yehuda was confident of progressing after drawing 1-1
in Dublin last week, but it wasted chance after chance on Thursday and was
knocked out after conceding a poor goal in the 70th minute.
disappointed,” said Bnei Yehuda coach Dror Kashtan, who was hoping to host
Italy’s Juventus next week. “We controlled the match and reached chances.
However, we couldn’t find the back of the net and they scored a fluky
Also Thursday, Dinamo Minsk completed a 10-1 aggregate victory
over JK Sillamae Kalev, booking a third round meeting with Maccabi Haifa, which
will host the first leg at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium next Thursday.
Montenegro, Maccabi got off to a good start and scored the crucial away goal
after just seven minutes.
Haris Medunjanin collected the ball after a
nice team move and sent an accurate left-footed shot into the bottom right
corner from 20 meters out.
Five minutes later, the visitors should have
doubled their advantage, but Barak Itzhaki sent his effort centimeters
Despite strolling throughout the remainder of the first half,
Maccabi could have gone into the break with a greater lead.
hit the post with his free-kick from 20 meters in the 42nd minute, with
Medunjanin striking the woodwork from a similar distance two minutes
The hosts finally realized that they no longer had anything to
lose at the start of the second half and they quickly exposed the frailties of
Tel Aviv’s newly assembled back-four.
Danilo Culafic came close with his
chip four minutes after the interval and nine minutes later he was toppled over
in the box by Nivaldo, leaving the referee with no option but to point to the
Vladimir Gluscevic converted the spot kick and in the 80th
minute he would pile further misery on Maccabi.
The Mogren captain was
left all alone in the center of the box and he easily slotted his header
The Montenegrins never came close to scoring the two
further goals they needed to claim an aggregate victory, but they were
with their win and gave Maccabi plenty to ponder ahead of next week’s
At Bloomfield, the visitors got off to the better start
and were unlucky not to take the lead after four minutes.
Poor marking by
Bnei Yehuda meant Dan Murray had all the time in the world to place his
but the crossbar came to the hosts’ rescue.
Shamrock continued to control
the match in the subsequent minutes, but it was Bnei Yehuda which
golden opportunity after 25 minutes.
Liroy Zhairi slotted the ball
through to Oz Raly, but he sent his shot straight at ’keeper Alan Mannus
the goal at his mercy.
Bnei Yehuda improved its play after the break, but
Zhairi and Ilya Yavruyan were wasteful in front of goal.
The hosts would
pay the price in the 70th minute when they struggled to defend against
basic of throwins and the ball found its way to Thomas Stewart, who
scored the winner.