Beitar, Beersheba knocked out of Europe

Beitar Jerusalem’s Europa League campaign ended as expected on Thursday night, while Hapoel Beersheba was also sent packing in the second qualifying round following a painful defeat in Switzerland.

Nine-man Beitar was thrashed 5-1 in the first leg against Charleroi last week and its humbling continental experience was completed on Thursday with a 4-1 defeat at Teddy Stadium for a 9-2 thrashing on aggregate.

At least there was no fan trouble in Jerusalem, after the first leg was held up at the start when Beitar supporters threw dozens of incendiary devices onto the pitch, enveloping it in smoke. In second half stoppage time last week, Charleroi goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau was hit by a hard object thrown from the crowd, which forced another delay.


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