Rukavytsya opens Maccabi account
In his second appearance for Maccabi since his off-season switch from Beitar Jerusalem, Rukavytsya opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 34 minutes.
However, little-known Estonian opponents Nomme Kalju equalised in the final minute of the match, sending it into extra time after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Haifa.
The contest went to a penalty shootout where Rukavytsya converted his spotkick but his side went down 5-3 in a shock result.
The 29-year-old signed a three-year deal with Maccabi in June for approximately AU$610,000 after finishing as the equal second top scorer in the Israeli Premier League in 2015-16.
Rukavytsya has 13 Socceroos caps to his name but hasn’t played for Australia since October 2013, when Aurelio Vidmar was caretaker coach.