Maccabi Tel Aviv primed for Basel 2nd leg

The relatively slender shoulders of Eran Zahavi carry the hopes of Maccabi Tel Aviv as it looks to take one final step on Tuesday and realize its Champions League dream.

Maccabi hosts FC Basel in the second leg of the playoffs at Bloomfield Stadium, knowing a win or draws by a 0-0 or 1-1 score-line will send it through to the prestigious group stage after last week’s first leg in Switzerland ended in a 2-2 tie.

A stunning Zahavi equalizer in the sixth minute of stoppage time gave Maccabi a precious draw, leaving the yellow-and-blue well placed to reach the group stage for the second time in club history and the first in 11 years.


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