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Hapoel Tel Aviv’s erratic season continued on Sunday after it only stumbled to a
0-0 draw against Hapoel Ramat Hasharon, dropping two precious Premier League
points at National Stadium in Ramat Gan.
Tel Aviv could have opened a
three-point gap at the top of the standings with a win on Sunday, but the Reds
disappointed and deserved no more than a single point against Ramat Hasharon,
which was guided by interim coach Menahem Koretzki following the bizarre sacking
of Momi Zafran.
The match began with a moment of silence following the
death of former Israel coach Itzhak Schneor at the age of 85 earlier in the day.
Schneor won four championships and three State Cups as a player at Maccabi Tel
Aviv in the 1940’s and 1950’s before turning to coaching. He guided Hakoakh
Ramat Gan (1965), Maccabi Tel Aviv (1972) and Hapoel Tel Aviv (1988) to
championships and led the national team together with Ya’akov Grundman between
1988 and 1992.
On Monday, Betar Jerusalem returns home for the first time
this season, hosting Maccabi Haifa at the renovated Teddy Stadium.
enters the match in high spirits after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv 1- 0 two weeks
ago, while Haifa will be desperate for a win after taking all three points just
once in its past five matches and falling eight points behind Hapoel Tel Aviv on
At least the rift in Haifa’s dressing room between captain Yaniv
Katan and goalkeeper Nir Davidovich seems to be over.
“I met Nir
Davidovich today and we have settled our differences,” said Katan, who fell out
with Davidovich after the ’keeper launched a scathing attack on the captain in
an interview with Ma’ariv
“It is important to me that
everyone will know that this story is behind us.
The team is more
important than anything else.”