Hapoel won the first leg deservedly but the one goal they conceded puts them in a tricky situation
The Slovenian champions recorded a well-deserved defeat in Israel but even so, the final score is not that bad as it gives them hope to get through on aggregate. Maribor played Krsko in the domestic league last weekend and recorded a 3-2 win. They stayed in the top spot alongside Olimpija.
Aleks Phler scored the winning goal agianst Olimpija and said this about the Hapoel game:
- That's it, that's what we were waiting for. I believe we can make up for the first leg deficit. We secured Europa League and that's great but we cannot be happy with just that. We need a hot heart and a cool head today. We can surprise them with the help of our fans.
Maribor will be without forward Zahovic who was injured in Krsko game and won't be back for at least 6 weeks.
Hapoel controlled possession in the first game but the goal they conceded 10 minutes in puts them in a very tricky situation today. In the meantime, they played the first round of Israeli championship to record a 10 draw against Maccabi Netanya.
- We did not underestimate Maccabi, they are simply a great team. We might have been already focused on Maribor because that is the key game of the season. We have a chance to reach Champions League, the first set was made and we now need to finish the job - coach Bakhar said.
Visitors should not have any problems with injuries today.
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