FC Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Brazilian defender DOUGLAS DA SILVA (3) struggles with Cameroonian forward LOUIS NGWAT-MAHOP (29) of Red Bull Salzburg for possession of the ball at the Bloomfield Stadium. (Jack Guez/AFP)
UEFA Champions League
Playoff round, second leg
1 – FC Hapoel Tel Aviv (ISR) ——- Zahavi 90+2′
1 – Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) ——— own goal 42′
Despite some tense moments in the second half, FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV defended well enough and, eventually, scored an injury time goal to draw 1-1 with Austrian club RED BULL SALZBURG in the second leg of the UEFA Champions playoff tie.
Manager ELI GUTMAN’s Hapoel Tel Aviv team triumph 4-3 on aggregate and, thus, become only the third Israeli team to qualify for the Group Stage of the Champions League.
Red Bull Salzburg pulled level over the two legs shortly before halftime courtesy an own goal; Nigeria World Cup goalkeeper VINCENT ENYEAMA dove to deal with a low, driven cross and punched the ball off of Brazilian defender DOUGLAS DA SILVA into the Hapoel net.
Hapeol Tel Aviv, however, were able to hold the fort in the second half and netted a deserved equalizer on the evening when 22-year-old midfielder ERAN ZAHAVI scored his second goal in the Champions League this summer two minutes into injury time.
FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV : Enyeama ; Ben Dayan, da Silva, Badeer, Kende ; Rocchi (Abutbul 74′), Zahavi, Yadin, Vermouth ; Sahar (Shish 90+1′), Maree (Fransman 65′)
RED BULL SALZBURG : Tremmel ; Svento, Sekagya, Afolabi, Schwegler ; Pokrivac, Leitgeb, Mendes da Silva ; Wallner (Boghossian 74′), Zarate, Ngwat-Mahop (Alan 65′)