Gili Vermut’s first Premier League goal in almost two years gave Hapoel Tel Aviv
a 2-1 victory at Ashdod SC on Monday night, giving the Reds their fourth
David Revivo gave third-placed Ashdod the lead in first
half stoppage time, but Toto Tamuz equalized in the 59th minute before Vermut
scored the winner with a superb solo effort eight minutes from
“This was a very tough match against a very strong team,” said
Hapoel coach Yossi Abuksis after seeing his team moved tied on points with
league-leader Maccabi Tel Aviv once more.
“We were poor in the first
half, but we seized control after the break and showed a significant
improvement. Gili scored a great goal for us and we need him in this form”
Hapoel failed to show up for the first half and Ashdod should have really taken
the lead in the 42nd minute, with Nir Biton squandering a golden
However, Biton’s miss was quickly forgotten, with Revivo
finding the back of the net from the corner of the box after his shot took a
slight deflection off Hapoel’s Eric Djemba Djemba.
Tel Aviv was a
different team in the second half and it netted a deserved equalizer in the 59th
Tamuz was clinical in front of goal once more after scoring a
hat-trick against Hapoel Beersheba last week and it only seemed to be a matter
of time until Tel Aviv would net the winner.
It finally arrived in the
82nd minute, with Vermut slicing the Ashdod defense before coolly placing the
ball in the corner of Ofir Marziano’s goal to give the Reds all three
“I can’t explain what happened to us between the first half and
the second,” said Ashdod coach Yossi Mizrahi.
“We let them move the ball
and they made the most of their chances.
In the second half their
goalkeeper didn’t touch the ball and you can’t win like that.”
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