Ex-Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun spearheads crazy comeback in Europa League qualifier

Yossi Benayoun

On his Beitar Jerusalem debut, Yossi Benayoun came off the bench to lead his team in a remarkable comeback in the first round of Europa League qualifying.

It was backs against the wall for Jerusalem, who were 3-1 down to Hungarian side Vasas heading into the 88th minute of their first leg tie, but Benayoun would change all that. He made his highly anticipated club debut off the bench in the 59th minute and made a big impact in the final few minutes in Petah Tikva.

The former Premier League playmaker, who joined the club from Maccabi Tel Aviv last week, kick-started the comeback as he slotted in from close range, following a fine dribble by Itay Shechter, before providing the assist for Idan Vered three minutes later to make the score 3-3.

Just a single minute on from that, Erik Sabo scored to complete a full turnaround as Beitar now enter the second leg next week 4-3 up.

“To come back from 3-1 isn’t easy against any opponent and I’m happy we managed to do it,” the 37-year-old Benayoun said post-match.

3:53 to see Benayoun

Three goals in four minutes isn't bad going.

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