Maccabi Tel Aviv overcomes Hibernians; Plzen next

Maccabi Tel Aviv arguably has more reasons to be worried than celebrate despite advancing as expected to the Champions League third qualifying round on Tuesday night.

Maccabi beat Maltese champion Hibernians 5-1 at Bloomfield Stadium to overturn the humbling 2-1 loss in last week’s first leg and claim a 6-3 win on aggregate. However, despite the impressive scoreline, the yellowand- blue once more struggled for extended periods against a semi-professional opponent and will have to register a significant improvement by next week’s first leg against Czech champion Viktoria Plzen.

Maccabi is looking to reach the group stage for the second time in club history and the first since the 2004/05 season.


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