Maccabi TA completes stunning comeback

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Champions League dream is alive and kicking after an Eran Zahavi brace gave the yellow-and-blue a 2-0 win at Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic on Wednesday night, completing a dramatic comeback in the third qualifying round for a 3-2 victory on aggregate.

Maccabi will discover on Friday who it will face in the final playoff round for a place in the group stage after two Zahavi goals in seven second-half minutes turned the tie on its head.

Last week’s 2-1 defeat in the first leg at Bloomfield Stadium left the three-time defending Israeli champion with a mountain to climb, and Maccabi looked like it had no chance of scaling the peak for much of Wednesday night.


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