Late goal boosts Kiryat Shmona’s hopes

Ironi Kiryat Shmona got its Europa League qualifying campaign off to a losing start on Thursday night, but last season’s Premier League runner-up remains confident of advancing to the final playoff round thanks to Ahmed Abed’s precious away goal in the 89th minute.

Slovan Liberec still claimed a 2-1 win in the first leg of the third qualifying round in the Czech Republic, but Abed’s goal ensured Kiryat Shmona only requires a 1-0 victory at home next week to secure its progress.

Dzon Delarge gave Liberec the lead two minutes from the halftime break and the hosts looked to be heading towards a comfortable first-leg cushion after Herolind Shala doubled the advantage in the 84th minute, making the most of a mistake by goalkeeper Guy Haimov.


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