Betar Jerusalem drew its fourth straight Premier League match on Monday night,
only managing a 1-1 tie against Ashdod SC at Teddy Stadium.
lost just once in its past 12 games, but Monday’s draw left it in eighth
position, four points behind Ashdod, which returned to third.
Eran Levy came closest to scoring in the first half, but it was Hen Azriel who
broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half, heading in the opener to
give the hosts the lead.
However, Jerusalem failed to take the three
points it deserved, with Nir Biton equalizing with an accurate header in the
Minutes before Monday’s kickoff, Betar announced that it
will be traveling to Chechnya, Russia next week to face Terek Grozny in a
Jerusalem will fly to Russia next Tuesday and play
the Russian Premier League team on Wednesday after taking part in the laying of
a cornerstone for a synagogue in the city and other activities with the local
Betar provided no explanation for its unusual decision
to play an exhibition game in Russia midseason, three days before it faces
Hapoel Ramat Gan in league action.
In other soccer news, Hapoel Tel Aviv
announced on Monday that coach Yossi Abuksis’s contract has been extended by
another season until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
continues to work as Israel national team assistant coach, replaced Nitzan
Shirazi at the end of September after the latter was forced to take a leave of
absence due to illness.
Hapoel is currently in second place, four points
behind Maccabi Tel Aviv, but it is winless in its past four matches, drawing
against three of the league’s bottom sides before losing 2-1 to Bnei Yehuda on