Bnei Yehuda drawn to face Juventus

By Simon Griver, July 16, 2010

Bnei Yehuda have been drawn to face Juventus in the third qualifying round of the Europa League if the Israelis can overcome Shamrock Rovers in Tel Aviv next Thursday.

Managed by Dror Kashtan, the former Israel manager, Yehuda go into next week's tie deadlocked at 1-1. Omri Afek put the Israelis ahead in the 26th minute in Dublin last night but a stoppage time strike from Robert Bayly drew the Irish club level.

With the away goal advantage Yehuda will be confident of hosting the Italian giants on July 29 with the return in Italy on August 5.

Maccabi Tel Aviv will also face a tough third round qualifying tie against Greek side Olympiakos.

Maccabi travel to Montenegro next week leading 2-0 from their home leg in the second qualifying round against Mogren. Yoav Ziv scored a debut goal for Maccabi in the 47th minute and Bosnian debutante Haris Medunjanin added the second five minutes later.

If Maccabi progress they will travel to Athens for the first leg on July 29.

Maccabi Haifa, who received a bye in the second round, will play Dinamo Minsk of Belarus in the third qualifying round of the Europa League with the first leg at Kiryat Eliezer on July 29.

Hapoel Tel Aviv remain on course to reach the Group Stage of the Champions League after being drawn against Kazakh champions Aktobe or Georgian champions Olimpi Rustavi in the third qualifying round.

Hapoel, who travel to Sarajevo on Wednesday leading 5-0 against Željezničar from the second qualifying round first leg in Tel Aviv, look most likely to face Aktobe who lead 2-0 from their home leg.

The Reds will be strong favourites to reach the playoff round of the Group Stage but will be wary of Aktobe who met Haifa in the same round last year and after a goalless draw in Kazakhstan led 3-0 at Kiryat Eliezer before the Greens hit back with four goals.

Hapoel will be away in the first leg on July 27/28 with the return at Bloomfield Stadium the following week.

Last updated: 2:14pm, July 16 2010