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Mixed night for Israeli clubs

    Israeli clubs experienced mixed fortunes on the opening round of Europa League group matches on Thursday night.

    Having been eliminated from the Champions League on penalties, Maccabi Haifa were the only winners of the three representatives.

    A strike from Mohammed Gadir took the Israeli champions past AEK Larnaca at the Kiryat Eliezer Stadium.

    Haifa top Group J after Steaua and Schalke played out a goalless draw at the Stadionul Dr Constantin Rădulescu in Romania.

    Elsewhere, Hapoel Tel Aviv were beaten 1-0 by Rapid Bucharesti at the Bloomfield Stadium in Group C.

    A strike from Ovidiu Herea 10 minutes into the second half settled the match.

    Maccabi Tel Aviv were thumped 5-1 by Besiktas in Istanbul in Group E.

    A Hugo Almeida double gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at the interval.

    Roi Kehat halved the deficit three minutes into the second half but further strikes from Mehmet Aurélio (51), Egemen Korkmaz (53) and Edu (88) clinched the points for Besiktas.

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    Match Stats

    Maccabi Haifa 1 AEK Larnaca 0

    Haifa: Saranov, Falach, Dgani, Meshumar, Yahaya, Vered, Twatha, Golasa, Gadir (sub: Boccoli), Katan (sub: Cohen), Amasha (sub: De Jesus)

    Goal: Gadir 54

    Booked: Golarsa 54, Boccoli 90

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    Hapoel Tel Aviv 0 Rapid Bucharesti 1

    Hapoel: Apoula, Pecalka, Badir (capt),Kende, Abutbul, Igiebor, Damari, Oremus (sub: Toama), Tamuz, Franzman (sub: Cohen)

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    Besiktas 5 Maccabi Tel Aviv 1

    Maccabi: Haimov, Nivaldo (capt), Ziv, Pavicevic, Vered, Colautti (sub: Puncec), Medunjanin, Dahan, Kehat, Yeini (sub: Itzhaki), Atar (sub: Dabbur)

    Scorer: Kehat 48

    Booked: Nivaldo, Vered, Medunjanin

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