Maccabi reflect on missed opportunities in Europa League


Maccabi Tel Aviv missed the chance to climb into second place in Group D following a goalless draw at home to AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Defences dominated at the Netanya Municipal Stadium, with Hapoel unabled to break through a well-drilled Alkmaar defence.

Tal Ben Chaim was denied by a smart double save from Sergio Rochet in the first half, while Vidar Orn Kjartansson produced the miss of the match, failing to hit the target from 12 yards when clean through.

Hapoel's chances of reached the round of 32 were dealt a blow after they were beaten 2-0 by Group K leaders Sparta Prague.

The visitors fell behind midway through the first half when Bořek Dočkal's free-kick was deflected into the net by Hapoel defender Ben Bitton.

David Lafata put clear daylight between the teams with a well-executed finish seven minutes before half-time.

Sparta enjoyed the better of the second half, although substitute Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker, was unlucky to be denied by the post after joining the action from the bench.

Maccabi visit Group D leaders Zenit on November 24, while Hapoel host Inter at the Turner Stadium.

1. Zenit Pl. 4, Pts. 12
2. Dundalk Pl. 4, Pts. 4
3. Maccabi Tel Aviv Pl. 4, Pts. 4
4. AZ Alkmaar Pl. 4, Pts. 2

1. Sparta Prague Pl. 4, Pts. 9
2. Southampton Pl. 4, Pts. 7
3. Hapoel Beer Sheva Pl. 4, Pts. 4
4. Inter Milan Pl. 4, Pts. 3

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