Haifa reach Champions League knockout round
A first-half strike from Idan Vered enabled Maccabi Haifa to book a place in Friday's Champions League Knockout round as they beat Slovenian champions Maribor on Wednesday night.
Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Israel, Haifa took only 10 minutes to extend their advantage when Vered found the net in the third qualifying round second leg.
Maribor set up a grandstand finish when captain Marcos equalised but Haifa ran out 3-2 winners on aggregate.
Both teams missed chances in a nail-biting finale with Maribor going close from a corner in stoppage time.
Tomorrow's Champions League draw takes place in Nyon.