Israel - ranked at European soccer's third level - will be drawn into a qualifying group with one top-ranked team and one second-tier team in tomorrow's draw in Opporto, Portugal for the 2004 European Championships.
The Euroleague encounter between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Belgium's Charleroi ended last night with an expected win, 94-78, for the hosts at Yad Eliahu.
Inter Milan, Parma, Olympique Lyon or Feyenoord will be Hapoel Tel Aviv's opponents in the next round of the UEFA Cup after the groupings were made yesterday ahead of today's draw.
In its banner headline yesterday, Russia's mass-circulation Sport Express lamented Lokomotiv Moscow's performance in its loss to Hapoel Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
The draw for the fourth round of the UEFA Cup will include eight seeded teams, but Hapoel Tel Aviv will not be among the seeds.
Russians have only 15 fit players for tonight's match in freezing Romanskuya
MOSCOW - Lokomotiv Moscow returned home from a training camp in Germany yesterday and held a light workout on an artificial surface near its new stadium, which will be completed in March. Coach Yuri Semin will hold another session for his players this morning, after which he will face the media.
Even though pleased by their excellent defeat of Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1, Hapoel Tel Aviv's players yesterday still thought they could have done better.