Basel back to haunt Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to do it the hard way if it’s to reach the Champions League group stage.

The three-time defending Israeli champion was paired in the playoffs with the one opponent it was hoping to avoid on Friday, being drawn to face FC Basel of Switzerland for a place in the group stage.

Maccabi could have also played either Celtic of Scotland, APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus, BATE Borisov of Belarus or Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia, but for the third time in three seasons Basel will be the team standing in the way of the realization of its continental dreams.


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