Yellow-and-blue licking its wounds ahead of Champions League playoff

Maccabi Tel Aviv believes the defeat to Ironi Kiryat Shmona in the Israeli Super Cup will not have any lasting effects as it continues its buildup for Wednesday’s Champions League playoff first leg at FC Basel in Switzerland.

The yellow-and-blue was hoping to begin 2015/16 with another triumph after last season’s clean sweep, becoming the first team to claim the domestic treble by winning the league title, State Cup and Toto Cup.

Maccabi played with an extra man from the 58th minute on Saturday and twice took the lead through Eran Zahavi. However, last season’s runner-up Kiryat Shmona equalized to force extra-time and once again leveled the score in the 115th minute to send the showdown to penalties.


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