Maccabi Tel Aviv suffer euro defeat in Dublin
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Maccabi Tel Aviv suffer euro defeat in Dublin

Israelis fall to second consecutive defeat in Europa League

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Picture: Maccabi Tel Aviv FC
Picture: Maccabi Tel Aviv FC

Maccabi Tel Aviv suffered their second Europa League defeat of the season as they were beaten 1-0 by Irish side Dundalk in Dublin on Thursday evening.

Cairan Kilduff’s 72nd minute strike proved to be the difference on the evening, with manager Shota Arveladze saying: “At the end of the day, the match was fairly even, but Dundalk is a very good and organised club and won the game. I can only congratulate them. It’s disappointing not to take any points in two matches. I’m disappointed because we played very slowly. But I do know that anything is possible and we can play better games going forward, but it won’t be easy.”

Talking about their opponents, who secured a first ever win for a League of Ireland side, he said: “I wasn’t surprised by Dundalk. They waited for us and gave us problems on the counterattacks and breaks. We knew we were going to play an organized side. I have to give them credit because they did what they had to do and the match changed in minutes. I’m disappointed because we played very slowly and that’s not our style of play. You have to understand that defeating clubs in the domestic league isn’t good enough in Europe where you have to come with more quality and that’s a challenge that I must solve.”

They next travel to Holland to take on AZ Alkmaar on 20 October.

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