Posted: Friday November 23, 2012 1:57 PM

UEFA reschedules Europa League match in Israel

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) -A Europa League match postponed in Israel this week for security reasons will be played in Haifa next Wednesday.

UEFA said on Friday that Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will host Athletic Bilbao at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium with an 1800 GMT kickoff.

Neither team can advance to the last 32 following a 1-1 draw between group rivals Sparta Prague and Lyon in the Czech Republic on Thursday.

UEFA cited the "tense security situation'' for postponing the match originally scheduled for Thursday, before a ceasefire was called following eight days of violence between Israeli forces and the Hamas group in Gaza.

UEFA will also be in Israel next Wednesday to conduct the draw in Tel Aviv for the 2013 Under-21 European Championship.

The host team is top-seeded with defending champion Spain; England and the Netherlands are second-seeded; the unseeded teams are Germany, Italy, Norway and Russia.

Israel will stage the tournament from June 5-18 at Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and Petach Tikva.
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