Hapoel Tel Aviv close in on Champions League group stages

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv remain on course to reach the group stage of the Champions League after earning a 6-0 aggregate victory over Željezničar in Sarajevo on Wednesday night.

Leading 5-0 from the first leg in Israel last week, the Israeli champions earned a 1-0 win in the away leg with a 76th winner from Brazilian defender Douglas da Silva the icing on the cake.

New signing Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker, did not feature despite having recently signed a one-year loan deal from Espanyol. Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama, who has been linked with a move to Porto, was another absentee.

Hapoel must beat Kazakh champions Aktobe in the third qualifying round to reach the money-spinning group stage.

Hapoel: Galil Ben Danan, Douglas da Silva, Yossi Shivhon (sub: Victor Mare 60), Etey Shechter, Walid Badir (capt), Gil Vermouth, Eran Zehavi (sub: Gal Shish 76), Maaran Lala (sub: Romain Rocchi 46), Dedi Ben Dayan, Omri Kende, Avihay Yadin. Subs not used: Ari Yanko, Dani Bondarv, Bevan Fransman, Yehuda Huta

Goal: Douglas da Silva 76

Booked: Eran Zehavi 11, Gal Shish 90+1

Last updated: 10:33am, July 22 2010