Hapoel Tel Aviv close to next stage of Europe League

By Danny Caro, November 6, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv need a point from their last two games to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League after claiming a stunning victory in Vienna on Thursday night.

The Israelis moved two points clear at the top of Group C following a 3-0 victory that saw them complete the double over the Austrians.

Avihay Yadin put Hapoel on the road to their third victory with a deflected strike 13 minutes into the game.

Gil Vermouth doubled the lead after 65 minutes. He then turned provider five minutes later, allowing Bebars Natcho to blast home Hapoel’s 12 goal of the group stage.

Hapoel boss Eli Gutman said: “Just like I said in Israel [a fortnight ago after our 5-1 win], if you would have told me we'd get a result like this, I would have accused you of being drunk.

Hapoel’s next match is against Celtic, who drew 0-0 in Hamburg, on December 2.

Rapid: Helge Payer, Jurgen Patocka, Markus Heikkinen, Steffen Hofmann, Markus Katzer, Nikica Jelavic, Veli Kavlak, Ragnald Soma, Andreas Dober, Branko Boskovic, Yasin Pehlivan

Hapoel: Vincent Enyeama, Douglas da Silva, Dani Bondarv, Bebars Natcho, Nemanja Vuqcevic, Etey Shecheter, Walid Wadir, Samuel Yeboah, Gil Vermouth, Dedi Ben Dayan, Avihay Yadin

Booked: Yadin 36

Goals: Yadin 13, Gil Vermouth 65, Natcho 70

Europa League Group C standing

Hapoel Tel Aviv Pl. 4, Pts. 9

Hamburg Pl. 4, Pts. 7

Rapid Vienna Pl. 4, Pts. 4

Celtic Pl. 4, Pts. 2

Last updated: 11:50am, November 6 2009