Mac TA earns injury-time draw at Basel

A stunning Eran Zahavi equalizer in the sixth minute of stoppage time gave Maccabi Tel a viv a 2-2 draw at FC Basel in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs on Wednesday night, leaving the yellow-and- blue well placed to reach the group stage for the first time in 11 years next week.

After shocking Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic two weeks ago to advance to the playoffs, the three-time defending Israeli champion got the job done on the road yet again, with Zahavi netting another brace, scoring two precious away goals ahead of the return leg at Bloomfield Stadium next Tuesday.

Maccabi registered just four shots throughout the entire match, but Eran Zahavi netted his fifth and sixth goals in four qualifiers this season, the first in the 31st minute. Matias Delgado equalized from the penalty spot eight minutes later, and Zahavi’s late header would cancel out Breel Embolo’s strike in the 88th minute.


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