After appointing a new and intriguing coach, Maccabi Tel Aviv was drawn today (Monday) in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. If you pass the Latvian FC Riga In the first qualifying round of the prestigious factory to be held on August 19 in Israel, Yorgos Dinis’ team will be hosted by the winner between Estonian Flora Tallinn and Lithuanian Sudova on August 25 or 26.
As you may recall, Sudova met Maccabi Tel Aviv last summer in the third round of the Europa League qualifiers and ousted them with two 1: 2 victories, but were stopped by the Hungarian Franzvaros afterwards. In the first game held in Netanya, Carla gave the visiting host the lead, Aligios Yankauskas doubled and Chico Opuado only shrank. In the return match, the Yellows also fell twice as far as Nick Blackman only shrank in the 86th minute. Yonatan Cohen was sent off in extra time.
The third round is Sudova’s biggest achievement in the Champions League, while in the Europa League it has qualified for the playoffs, which it reached twice in the 2017/18 seasons when it lost to Ludogorets and as mentioned last season as well. Sudova have already played 14 rounds in the domestic league, ranked second after losing the summit with a 3-0 defeat against Zalgiris in the last round. They both have 32 points. The style of play that characterizes the team is 3: 5: 2. In the home games in the league she recorded five wins, two draws and absorbed only once.
Watch Maccabi Tel Aviv lose 2: 1 to Sudova in Lithuania
Estonian Flora Tallinn is considered a great empire in her homeland. Won an impressive championship last year with 110 right goals and 90 points after 36 rounds. Unfortunately, Eric Surga, who conceded 31 league goals, left for the United States long ago. The team, founded in 1990, has won 12 championships, five of them in the last decade, and also added eight trophies. Also this season Flora leads safely with 14 wins, a draw and a lone loss in 16 rounds when she has the best offense in the league. Rauno Safinen, who also belongs to the squad, is the senior conqueror.
The Estonians also have a history with Israeli football. Two years ago, Flora played against Hapoel Beer Sheva in the first qualifying round. She was defeated 4: 1 in the home game and also recorded another loss in the game held here in Israel (3: 1).
If Maccabi Tel Aviv manages to qualify for the third qualifying round, it will no longer be ranked and there it may meet, among others, Olympiacos, Celtic, Dynamo Zagreb and Slavia Prague. As is well known, relegation at any stage of the Champions League will send the Yellows to the next stage of the Europa League. That is, a surprise dismissal already in the first round will lead the Yellows to the second qualifying round of the second factory in its importance.