Beitar Jerusalem defender Dusan Matovic celebrates after scoring the winner a victory over Maccabi Netanya at Teddy Stadium.
(photo credit: DANNY MARON)
Despite once more failing to impress, Beitar Jerusalem closed within just four points of the top of the Premier League standings on Saturday night, claiming a 1-0 victory over rock-bottom Maccabi Netanya at Teddy Stadium.
Dusan Matovic scored the only goal of the match in the 33rd minute and Beitar held on for its eighth win from the past 11 games.
“Sometimes you just have to win and forget about the way you played,” said Beitar coach Slobodan Drapic.
League leaders Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Beersheba clash at Bloomfield Stadium on Monday.
There is still no end in sight to the crisis at Hapoel Tel Aviv after it fell to a 3-0 defeat at Ironi Kiryat Shmona on Saturday. Ofir Mizrahi (36), Bruno (75) and Or Ostvind (89) were on target for Kiryat Shmona, which snapped a seven-game winless streak, including four consecutive defeats.
Hapoel remained just two points off Hapoel Acre and the relegation zone after failing to find the back of the net for a third straight match.
Pedro Galvan’s 89th-minute goal secured Bnei Yehuda a 1-0 triumph at Acre, giving new coach Yossi Mizrahi his first win and moving the team five points clear of the bottom two.
Hapoel Ra’anana extended its unbeaten streak to five matches with a 1-0 win over Bnei Sakhnin, which was guided by interim coach Oded Koter following the sacking of Eli Cohen on Friday.
Evans Kangwa scored in the 73rd minute.
Also Saturday, Maccabi Petah Tikva and Hapoel Haifa drew 1-1. Xavier Tomas (40) gave Petah Tikva the lead before Maharan Lala (46) equalized for the visitors.