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Hapoel's Shir Tzedek gets eight-month doping ban

Shir Tzedek will not be able to play for eight months.

UEFA has banned Hapoel Be'er Sheva defender Shir Tzedek for eight months after he tested positive for a stimulant at a Champions League qualifying game.

UEFA says the verdict is "final and binding" because neither the player nor the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed the verdict.

Tzedek reportedly tested positive for the stimulant octopamine after a Champions League playoff game in August against Maribor.

Hapoel Be'er Sheva was eliminated and switched to the Europa League.

Tzedek scored in a 2-1...


Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat trick carries Man United; Tottenham lose first leg

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hat trick gave Manchester United a 3-0 win against St Etienne in a Europa League round of 32 first-leg clash at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring in unusual circumstances after 15 minutes when his free kick struck the St Etienne wall and deflected towards goal leaving St Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier wrong-footed and stranded before crawling over the line.

He added an important second in the 74th minute as substitute Marcus Rashford squared from...


Inter Milan lost their heads in Hapoel Be'er Sheva loss - Frank de Boer

Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer is shocked by his side's performance in Thursday's 2-0 Europa League loss to Hapoel Be'er Sheva at the San Siro.

Goals from Miguel Vitor and Maor Buzaglo eased the Israeli club past the three-time European champions on the night.

And De Boer said he would take a second look at the game to try and determine what went wrong.

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"We have to analyse this game. First of all I am very sorry for the fans who came to the stadium, because we didn't win," De Boer told Sky Sport...

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Brendan Rodgers endures 'longest 90 minutes' as Celtic move on

Brendan Rodgers suffered "probably the longest 90 minutes" of his managerial career as Celtic survived a scare against Hapoel Be'er Sheva to reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in three years with a 5-4 aggregate.

The Hoops were heavy favourites to see out the play-off second leg after their 5-2 victory at Parkhead last week but were on the ropes from the early stages at the Turner Stadium.

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon saved a penalty in the 15th minute from Maharan Radi,...

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Brendan Rodgers confident Celtic can cope with Hapoel Be'er Sheva pressure

Brendan Rodgers and Celtic will take on Israeli champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva with a spot in the group stage on the line.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes his men will stand firm under the pressure of Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

With a potential £20 million bounty at stake for reaching the group stages, the Hoops boss is well aware of the importance of the playoff double-header with the Israeli champions.

It is three years since the Scottish champions took their place among the biggest names in Europe.

Under former boss Ronny Deila last term, their entry ticket was snatched...