Israel's giant-slaying Beersheba kicks Southampton out of Europa League
Michal Cizek (AFP/File)
Israel's Hapoel Beersheba football club on Thursday sealed its progression to the knock-out stage of the Europa League competition, securing a one all draw away at Southampton.
The Israeli team's exploits in the previous rounds included upsetting three-time European champions Inter Milan.
Maor Buzaglo netted in the 79th minute for the European minnows from southern Israel yet his goal was cancelled out by Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk added time equalizer.
The British team were wasteful throughout the match, failing to capitalize on their superior pedigree, and will not progress to the last 32 round, not having amassed enough points.
Ajax, Roma, Zenit and Schalke are among the sides already through.
Beersheba's victory in the Israeli league championship in May, their first state championship after '40 years in the desert', shocked the country and propelled them into the qualifying round of the prestigious Champions League.
The Israeli club put a a furious fightback against Scottish champions Celtic, but failed to reach the Champions League group stage despite a 2-0 victory, dropping them into the Europa League competition.
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