Mac TA hopes home cures all ails vs Hibernians

Despite last week’s humbling defeat in Malta to Hibernians, the confidence level at Maccabi Tel Aviv remains as high as ever ahead of the second leg of the Champions League second qualifying round at Bloomfield Stadium on Tuesday night.

Maccabi’s European campaign is in danger of ending in shock fashion after the three-time defending Israeli champion suffered an embarrassing 2-1 defeat last week to Hibernians, a team which hadn’t won a match in continental competition since 2002.

The yellow-and-blue conceded two soft goals in the second half in Malta, canceling out Nosa Igiebor’s 22nd-minute opener. Maccabi nevertheless enters Tuesday’s second leg as a firm favorite to overturn the deficit and advance to the third qualifying round, especially as star midfielder and captain Eran Zahavi will be making a return to the starting lineup after missing the first leg.


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