Beitar Jerusalem edged Maccabi Petah Tikva 1-0 at Teddy Stadium on Sunday night,
snapping a six-match winless streak.
Itzik Cohen scored the only goal of
the game in the 70th minute after Beitar survived a first-half
Coach Roni Levy’s first victory since taking charge three
weeks ago was also Beitar’s first since the beginning of November, taking the
club up to 10th place.
Petah Tikva remained in 12th place, just a single
point above Hapoel Ramat Hasharon and the relegation zone, after failing to win
for the ninth time in its past 10 matches.
On Monday, Hapoel Beersheba
will aim to close back within four points of league-leader Maccabi Tel Aviv when
it visits Hapoel Tel Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium.
Beersheba is brimming
with confidence after going unbeaten in its past eight matches, winning five of
its past seven games, while conceding just a single goal over its past six
Tel Aviv, on the other hand, is hoping to kick-start its
season, after winning just one of its past six games. Tel Aviv currently finds
itself in seventh place, 12 points behind Beersheba, and enters Monday’s
showdown still reeling from last week’s humbling 4-0 thrashing at Bnei
“A road match against Hapoel Tel Aviv is always difficult,” said
Beersheba coach Elisha Levy. “We will be coming up against a tough team with a
strong support and this will be another test for us. I don’t think there is a
favorite in this match and I hope we are determined and ready to take all three
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