Maharan Radi’s 90th minute penalty gave Hapoel Beersheba a 3-2 win over Moldovan champions FC Sheriff Tiraspol in their second qualifying round, first leg tie on Tuesday night
The Israeli champions’ first ever Champions League tie, they fell behind in the 21st minute through Josip Ivancic’s header, who were then reduced to ten men when Fidan Aliti was bizarrely sent-off by Spanish referee Carlos Del Cerro for a second yellow card, even though TV replays suggested the foul was committed by Seidu Yahaya. Maor Buzaglo missed the resulting penalty, seeing his effort saved by Bozhidar Mitrev, but John Ogu’s 43rd minute strike ensured the sides went in level at the break.
Beer Sheva did convert from the penalty spot five minutes into the second half through Elyaniv Barda, after the striker was brought down by Amer Dupovac in the box, only for Josip Brezovec to draw the visitors level in the 64th minute.
The Israelis did though ensure they go into next week’s second leg with a slight advantage, substitute Radi successfully converting from the spot to secure a dramatic 3-2 win. Failure to reach the third qualifying round of the Champions League on Tuesday, will see them drop down to the Europa League play-offs.