Betar Jerusalem extended its unbeaten streak to seven matches and climbed up to
fourth place in the Premier League standings on Sunday night after edging Hapoel
Ramat Gan 3-2 in an entertaining encounter at Teddy Stadium.
was decided by the brilliance of Betar midfielder Eran Levy, who scored a
delightful opener in the 20th minute before providing a genius assist for
Jerusalem’s third goal of the night netted by Croatian Dominik Glavina, who also
scored Betar’s second.
After picking up just two points from its first
five matches, Betar has lost just once in 13 games and qualification for
European competition is looking like a realistic goal for Eli Cohen’s
Ramat Gan controlled the possession early in the match, but it was
Betar which scored the opener after Levy found the back of the net from the edge
of the box with the side of his left foot.
Glavina doubled Jerusalem’s
lead with a solo effort in the 34th minute, but David Manga handed Ramat Gan a
lifeline with a superb finish five minutes from the break.
sensational pass four minutes into the second half set up Glavina for Betar’s
third goal and the hosts held on for the three points despite Ofir Hemo’s strike
On Monday, Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Hapoel Beersheba, desperate for a
win which would take it back to the top of the standings.
Maccabi has won
just two of its past five matches, drawing 0-0 last week at Ironi Kiryat
However, the yellow-and-blue has won seven of its eight home
matches so far this season, including its past three by a combined goal
difference of 12-3.