Gar­cia faces a Greek test

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

FOOT­BALL Mac­cabi Tel Aviv will play Greek side Asteras Tripo­lis in the Europa League play-offs as the Is­raeli side seek to reach the group stage for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son.

The first match will be in Greece on Thurs­day with the “home” leg prob­a­bly in Cyprus on Au­gust 28.

Mac­cabi man­ager Os­car Gar­cia said: “This is a very tough draw against a team that knocked out Ger­man op­po­si­tion Mainz in the pre­vi­ous round. The fact that we prob­a­bly won’t be able to play at home makes the draw even tougher.”

Hapoel Kiryat Sh­mona be­came the third Is­raeli team to tum­ble out of the Europa League, beaten 2-1 by Di­namo Moscow in the “home” leg in Cyprus last week for a 3-2 ag­gre­gate de­feat.

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