Hapoel Be’erSheva’s hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Europa League were ruthlessly ended after they fell to a 2-1 second leg defeat in Istanbul – and an overall 5-1 loss.
Barak Bachar’s side had enjoyed an historic European campaign, which saw them beat Greek side Olympiacos in the Champions League qualifiers back in July, and only missed out on reaching the group stages of the competition when missing a penalty against Celtic in the final qualifier. They then finished second in their Europa League group, finishing ahead of both Southampton and Inter Milan, but their two-legged clash against Besiktas proved a step too far. the came to an end in Istanbul on Thursday night.
Having lost the first leg 3-1 in Israel, they needed to score at least three goals to progress, though never in truth came close to overturning what was a might ask. Vincent Aboubakar fired the Turks ahead in the 17th minute, and although Nigerian forward Anthony Nwakaeme equalised for Be-erSheva in the 64th minute – meaning they still needed two goals to take the tie in extra-time – Cenk Tosun put the result beyond doubt when he scored the host’s second of the evening three minutes from time.
Bachar said afterwards: “We experienced a wonderful journey which began last July and ended today. We competed in every match and showed that anything is possible. In virtually every game we faced teams that on paper were better and richer than us, but my players proved that they have an amazing character and showed that we are a very strong team of winners. I’m proud of every one of them. Now the real challenge will be to channel these energies as we move forward.”
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.