Dor Peretz scored a second brace in succession as the 28-year-old midfielder who scored twice against Zorya in Poland a fortnight ago, did the same in Serbia on the way to a 3-2 victory. Peretz, whose personal goal tally in the competition now stands on 6 goals, said at the end of the match: “I am delighted to be in this of position. Its a team process yet the one who scores the goals gets the credit but it is an entire team effort and the moves involves everyone. I am just happy that this is what we do.”

Peretz who completed another 90 minutes on the back of a busy international window where he also featured for Israel, added: “There are matches when there is no fatigue and you are not tired as the most important thing is to stay on the pitch and win with the team which is exactly what we did.”

As Maccabi almost let a three goal slip by conceding two late goals, Peretz said: “I think we were a little tired towards the end and lost some concentration. It was evident in the result, but we won, took three very imoortant points which would help us for the rest of our European journey and that is the most important thing on a might like this.”

On the challenge of playing the match behind closed doors, Peretz added: “It was super challenging, but I think this was the last thing on the players’ minds especially these days. The most important thing right now is what happens back home, the hostages, the wounded, as i really hope they all return home quickly and recover. These are the important things these days. I just hope that at least we managed to give a little pride and joy for our fans back home.”