Hapoel Beer Sheva dropped the first leg of their Europa League playoff tie 3:0 to Feyenoord in Rotterdam. Sam Larsson put home a rebound to beat Beer Sheva keeper Ernestas Setkus and give Feyenoord a 1:0 lead in the 33′. Jaap Stam’s squad added a second strike in the 56′ when Leroy Fer slammed home his own rebound off a corner kick while the host’s added more salt to the wounds in the 78′ when Fer recorded a brace as his long scorcher found the back of the goal which was also immediately off of a corner kick to put Feyenoord up 3:0. The return leg will be played next Thursday at Turner Stadium in the country’s southern capital.
Barak Bachar spoke about the match that was, “We’re disappointed with the result and the match itself. We had a few chances to score and we didn’t, it’s just very disappointing. At 2:0 we were still in the game but we couldn’t find the back of the goal and we weren’t able to finish our chances. They have a quality squad, one of the best in Europe and they punished us.”
Bnei Yehuda fell to Malmo 3:0 in first leg Playoff Round Europa League action in a contest that was played in Sweden. Yossi Abuksis’s side held their own through the first half hour of play, but then the wheels fell off as Markus Rosenberg gave Malmo a 1:0 lead in the 37′ with a perfect finish in the box putting the ball just over a helpless Bnei Yehuda keeper Emilijus Zubas. The host’s doubled their advantage just four minutes later when Rasmus Bengtsson just got the ball over the line in midair as Zoubas batted it away just inches too late. The second half began exactly how the first ended with another Malmo marker as Oscar Lewicki found the back of the goal to give the Swedes a 3:0 lead as the match ended by that same score. The second leg will take place on Thursday with Bnei Yehuda needed a miracle to wipe out a 3 goal deficit.
Following the game, Yossi Abuksis addressed the assembled media,”We played well for the first half an hour and defended well. We were able to close down Malmo but then Rosenberg scored a magnificent goal which was followed by a second goal which made it very difficult for us to come back. I’m pleased with how the team played and that everyone on the pitch gave all that they had, but we played against a very high quality opponent who have also already played 20 matches in their domestic league play whereas we have had only three.”
Beitar Jerusalem Sports Director Yossi Benayoun, Head Coach Roni Levy and Captain Dan Einbinder addressed the media ahead of the new season which begins on Sunday night when the Yellow & Black host Hapoel Beer Sheva at Teddy Stadium.
Here are some of the quotes:
Benayoun: “Coach Roni Levy and I are working well together and we are each learning from each other. There is a lot of work to do and we have a big staff that is here to help us succeed.”
Levy: “This is my 3rd time with the team but I began at the beginning of the season and not in the middle where we were fighting for our lives. I’ve worked with many sports directors and working with Yossi has been great so far.”
Einbinder: “We have to continue working hard as we have done in the Toto Cup. We have to talk less and prove ourselves on the pitch. We respect them and we will compete with Beer Sheva. Hopefully the fact that we defeated them in the Toto Cup will continue on Sunday in the league.”
Maccabi Tel Aviv BC held their first official practice if the 2019/20 campaign. Check out the video below and here what Quincy Any has to say!