Hapoel Tel Aviv on course for Europa League groups

By Danny Caro, August 21, 2009
Hapoel Tel Aviv goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama

Hapoel Tel Aviv goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama

A stoppage time strike from Gil Vermouth put Hapoel Tel Aviv within touching distance of the group phase of the Europa League after they won 2-1 at FK Teplice in the playoff round first leg.

The contest came to life after 74 minutes as Hapoel’s Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama put the visitors ahead from the spot following a foul on Vermouth.

Teplice squared things up a minute from time when substitute Tomáš Vondråšek converted a penalty.

Vermouth’s strike four minutes into injury time put Hapoel in pole position ahead of next Thursday’s second leg at the Bloomfield.

“The tie is not over yet,” warned Vermouth. “We will need to finish the job next week."

Hapoel: Vincent Enyeama, Douglas Da Silva, Dani Bondarv, Michael Zandberg, Bebars Natcho, Etey Shechter, Walid Badir, Samuel Yeboah, Gil Vermouth, David Ben Dayan, Avihay Yadin

Bnei Yehuda have it all to do in their tie against Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven after a 24th minute strike from Ibrahim Afellay earned the visitors a 1-0 victory in Tel Aviv.

Coach Guy Luzon believes the Israelis still have a chance in the second leg next week. “I always believe," he said. "We faced a top team, but in a single match we can do it. My players gave their all and I thought we deserved to score. We will do everything to stun Eindhoven on the road

Bnei Yehuda: Dele Aiyenugba, Din Mori, Siniša Linić, Iván Garrido, Oz Raly, Assi Baldut, Maharan Radi, Moshe Biton, Itzik Azuz, Pedro Galván, Kfir Edri

PSV: Andreas Isaksson, Jan Kromkamp, Carlos Salcido, Francisco Rodríguez, Timmy Simons, Ola Toivonen, Danko Lazović, Erik Pieters, Ibrahim Afellay, Balázs Dzsudzsák, Otman Bakkal

Last updated: 11:03am, August 21 2009