Beitar Jerusalem vs Botev by Isaiah
Beitar Jerusalem did well to progress over Hungarian side Vasas in the first round, however they had to pass over scary first game in front of own fans when they did won, but with just a 4:3 result, result that wasn't that impressive since the team conceded three goals and had to await the second leg. However, everything went easier for them in the second leg, as they managed to take impressive 3:0 victory and finish off the opponent.
Plenty of defensive gaps were seen in the first leg as the Israeli side even were losing 1:3 and only managed to get a victory thanks to three goals in last five minutes. Different image was seen in the second leg, with the visitors taking the lead already and then playing mostly via counter atttacks and being concrete in attack. They ended last season at third position in Israeli Ligat ha'Al and are surely wanting to impress in Europe as much as possible this time.
Botev Plovdiv, on other side, didn't have that difficult job overall in the first round, as the team managed to progress over Albanian side Partizani as almost everything was clear after the first leg away from home, when they celebrated 1:3 victory. Albanian side took the lead in fifth minute via Sukaj, however that was almost all they did in these two games.
Players of Botev responded via Kossoko in 27th minute, while they were much better in the repetition and sealed the victory with a goal from Nedelev and Kosoko again in last thirty minutes. Only goal in the second leg was seen in 22nd minute via Brisola, as the Bulgarians didn't look very motivated once they took the league. Their championship is set to start this weekend, so the team is close to the competitive form. They surprised last season by winning the domestic Cup getting a 2:1 victory in finals against Ludogorets.
Beitar showed way too many defensive gaps in the game against Vasas and team like Botev should be able to exploit some of it. Hosts should be attacking more here, however visitors are having more than reliable strength in attack to score once as well, at least.