Austria's LASK Linz reach UEFA Conference League's round of 16

2021-11-26 03:35:58 GMT2021-11-26 11:35:58(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

JERUSALEM, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Austrian side LASK Linz reached the round of 16 of the UEFA Conference League after a 1-0 away win over Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday evening.

The win secured LASK the first place in the four-team Group A on 13 points, while the Israelis have 10 points with one round to go.

In the group's sixth and final round on December 9, Maccabi will face FC Alashkert, which have no point, in Armenia, while LASK will host HJK Helsinki, which gained six points.

Even if LASK and Maccabi finish with 13 points each, Linz will still finish in the first place thanks to a victory in aggregate after the draw in the first leg between the two in Austria.

The second place, however, will secure Maccabi a spot in the knockout round playoffs.

The match in Israel saw Maccabi dominate the first half, but the closest chance it could get to score was a header from Shahar Piven that hit the crossbar in the 39th minute.

From the other side, Thomas Goiginger missed the goal by a few centimeters just before halftime, after an error by Maccabi goalkeeper Daniel Peretz.

However, Peretz made an impressive save in the 68th minute from a shot by striker Keito Nakamura.

The dramatic winning goal was scored in the 89th minute, by midfielder Sascha Horvath, after a pass from Alexander Schmidt. Enditem