Polish Press Pan Poor Play at Beitar-Krakow Encounter

The Polish press was unimpressed by last Wednesday's Champions League qualifier between Beitar Jerusalem and Wisla Krakow (2-1 to the Israelis) and yesterday lambasted both teams for the allegedly poor form displayed in their headlines.

The Przeglad Sportowy, a national sports publication, said the Poles managed to score a surprising goal against the "hotheaded Israeli team," which leaves them a fighting chance in the second encounter.

Its reporter was also left unimpressed by the show of support by Beitar Jerusalem fans, saying that the atmosphere during the second encounter between the two teams will be more exciting.

Another reporter from the Gazeta Polska said that the sending off of Wisla player Marek Zienczuk was a devastating blow to the Polish team.

Meanwhile, Beitar's prospects of qualifying for the Champions League will be made clearer today. The identity of its next opponent - should Beitar advance to the second and last leg of the tourney's qualifiers - will be determined in a draw in Switzerland. An assortment of teams, some considered relatively weak while others seem almost unbeatable, await either Beitar or Wisla.

For instance, the aggregate winner of their next encounter may face European powerhouses like Liverpool, Barcelona, Arsenal, Juventus or Schalke. Clubs like Olympiacos, Fenerbahce or Glasgow Rangers are considered medium weights and would be an easier draw for the Israelis. Better yet, a club like Spartak Moscow, which has suffered greatly due to quarreling within management, or Belarus league champion BATE Borisov would be a godsend for the Jerusalemites.