Israel international striker ITAY SHECHTER (9) pumps his fist for the crowd at the Bloomfield Stadium following the qualification of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv for the UEFA Champions League playoffs. Shechter, who scored 22 times in 34 Israel Premier League games his first season at FC Hapoel Tel Aviv, laid on the first two goals for the home side against FC Aktobe. (kobiko-hapoelta-fc.co.il photo)
UEFA Champions League
third round qualifying, second leg
3 – FC Hapoel Tel Aviv (ISR) —— Zahavi 16′, Sahar 31′, own goal 35′
1 – FC Aktobe (KAZ) ——————-Tieshev 90′
Three goals for FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV inside the opening 35 minutes quickly overturned the 0-1 first leg deficit from Kazakhstan and effectively overwhelmed visiting FC AKTOBE in the UEFA Champions League third round qualifying return match.
Seventeen minutes into the match, Israel international attacker ITAY SHECHETER made a fine run down the right to deliver an inch-perfect cross to ERAN ZAHAVI, whose cool finish at the back post earned the 22-year-old midfielder a kiss from a pretty, young supporter in the stands.
A quarter of an hour on, Shechter issued a pass to send 20-year-old striker BEN SAHAR away; the young Israel international, on loan for the season from Spanish club RCD Espanyol of Barcelona, easily rounded FC Aktobe goalkeeper ANDREI SIDELNIKOV to score his first-ever senior goal for FC Hapoel Tel Aviv.
A mere four minutes later, FC Aktobe defender KHALIFA ELHADJ BA of Senegal somehow managed to turn an innocuous ball from well outside the penalty box over the head of the goalkeeper Sidelnikov and into his own net.
The own goal would prove to be pivotal when FC Aktobe substitute MURAT TIESHEV scored in the 90th minute from a corner kick — an aggregate scoreline of 2-2 would have seen the Kazakhstan club triumph on away goals.
FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV : Enyeama ; Shish, da Silva, Badeer, Kende ; Shivhon (Rocchi 64′), Zahavi (Abutbul 70′), Yadin, Vermouth ; Shechter, Sahar (Lala 54′)
FC AKTOBE : Sidelnikov ; Ba, Smakov, Bono, Badlo, Kenzhisariev ; Khairullin, Khokhlov (Chichullin 56′), Averchenko (Tieshev 46′) ; Essomba, Peric