The drawing placed Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group E with Ukrainian runner up Dynamo Kiev, British Stoke City and Besiktas, the millionaire team of Istanbul. The media reported a "relatively comfortable drawing", considering the fact that Maccabi escaped rivals like Atletico Madrid or the Italian Lazio. In practice, however, the Group turned out to be particularly difficult. Most of the team's fans had guaranteed themselves seats in the stadium for the entire series, but they hardly enjoyed the results. The Yellows gained only two points in two encounters with Dynamo Kiev, and they suffered four losses, which ranked them last in the Group.