Maccabi Haifa eased into the third round of UEFA Champions League qualifying with a 4-0 pounding of Olympics in Piraeus to take the two legged tie 5-1 on aggregate. Frantzdy Pierrot scored a second half brace to set up an enticing matchup against Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol with the winner of the two match series heading to the playoff round of the competition. With the victory, Haifa has guaranteed themselves a season of European football and should they fall in their remaining ties they will take part in the Conference League group stages.
The Greens grabbed an early lead as Tjaron Chery scored a brilliant free kick goal that found its way past the Olympiacos ‘keeper, beating Tomáš Vaclík just under the bar for a 1-0 lead in the 5th minute. Pierrot doubled the advantage when the Haitian striker scored a diving header off a pinpoint perfect cross by Dolev Haziza in the 61st minute and completed a brace just five minutes later when he latched onto a Pierre Cornud ball to put Haifa in the drivers seat with a 3-0 lead. Muhammed Abu Fani put the finishing touches on the game with a low liner from 20 meters out in the 86th minute to wrap up the clinical win.