Hapoel Beer Sheva & Beitar Jerusalem crashed out of Europe

Both Hapoel Beer Sheva crashed out of Europe on Thursday night succumbing to FC Thun of Switzerland falling away 2:1 on a brace by Nelson Ferreira after drawing 1:1 in the first leg at Teddy Stadium. Beer Sheva took a shock lead on a 6th minute long shot by John Ogu, however, defender Shir Tzedek saw red in the 20th minute leaving the visitors from Israel with a man down for the majority of the match. Ferreira scored his first goal before halftime and his second in the 72nd minute to help his side advance to the next round of UEFA Europa League qualifying. Beer Sheva made some offensive substitutions after the second goal but it was not to be for new coach Barak Bachar.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Beitar hosted Charleroi of Belgium and hoped to have a better performance on the pitch as well as off of it after last week’s 5:1 debacle and fan violence in the stands. The product on the pitch didn’t change much as Beitar lost 4:1, but the 6500 fans were given a 10/10 for behavior in the UEFA report. Slobodan Drapic made wholesale changes to his team that resulted in a short lived 1:0 lead from goal scorer and rising star Omer Atzili. Neeskens Kebano evened the score up at 1-a piece in the 43rd minute as the second half was all Charleroi after that with goals by Enes Saglik, Dieumerci Ndongala and Florent Stevance to finish the two-leg aggregate score at 9:2.

Maccabi Tel Aviv will face Czech Republic Champs Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night at Bloomfield Stadium in the third round of UEFA Champions League qualifying while Kiryat Shemona will face Czech side Slovan Liberac in third round Europa League qualifying away.

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