The hopes of watching Uganda Cranes defender Bevis Mugabi play in the Uefa Europa League are no more . This is after his side Motherwell lost 3-0 in Israel against Hapoel Beer Sheva .
Mugabi missed the game due to suspension courtesy of a red card he received during a round two game against Coleraine.
Leonardo Vitor’s first-half header opened the scoring before a penalty from Josue and a neat finish from Elton Acolatse sealed the game.
Motherwell captain Declan Gallagher was shown a second yellow card in conceding the spot-kick.
But Stephen Robinson can be proud with his side’s efforts in hot conditions.
The Lanarkshire side competed admirably and were well organised until going down to 10 men.
But it is Beer Sheva who will host Czech side Viktoria Plzen in the play-off round next Thursday.
Four wins from five games had infused the Lanarkshire side with confidence, and they started well but could only do as much.
Motherwell were rightly regarded as underdogs, given they were facing a team who have featured in the Europa League group stages in two of the previous four seasons, but Robinson will view this as an opportunity missed. The Scots had spells throughout, but lacked a clinical edge.
Having bowed out of Europe, Mugabi and his colleagues now return to league duties this Sunday as they welcome Rangers to Fir Park . Rangers is coached by former Liverpool captain Steven Gerald.