Barda and Sahar out of Euro qualifier vs Greece

Benayoun leaving Chelsea?; Maccabi TA coasts.

Elyaniv Barda 311 (photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Elyaniv Barda 311
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Israel coach Luis Fernandez called up on Monday Toto Tamuz and Dor Malul for Friday’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Greece at Bloomfield Stadium after Ben Sahar and Elyaniv Barda were ruled out through injuries picked up over the weekend.
Sahar limped out of AJ Auxerre’s 4-1 victory over AC Ajaccio on Saturday with an ankle injury, while Barda tore a muscle in his leg in KRC Genk’s 0-0 draw against Mechelen.
Tamuz has been in impressive form for Hapoel Tel Aviv so far this season, while right-back Malul has gotten his continental career off to a strong start, even scoring in Beerschot’s 1-1 draw against Standard Liege in the Belgian league on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Israel captain Yossi Benayoun looks set for an imminent move away from Chelsea after tweeting on Monday: “negotiating with several soon...”
Benayoun has seen just one minute of action for the Blues this season and was restricted to 10 appearances for the club in 2010/11 due to an Achilles injury, which kept him out for six months.
The transfer window closes on August 31.
Yellow-and-blue thrashes Ashdod Maccabi Tel Aviv succeeded where Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Tel Aviv failed on Monday, defeating Ashdod SC 4-0 at Bloomfield Stadium to maintain its perfect start to the Premier League season.
Haifa could only manage a 2-2 draw against Hapoel Petah Tikva on Saturday, while Hapoel was held to a 1-1 tie by Bnei Yehuda on Sunday.
However, despite never really hitting top gear, Maccabi claimed a comfortable victory over Ashdod on Monday to join Hapoel Rishon Lezion as the only team with six points after two matches. Maccabi fans had to wait until the 43rd minute until they finally saw their team move in front.
Haris Medunjanin’s shot from the center of the box shouldn’t have really troubled Ofir Martziano, but the Ashdod goalkeeper allowed the ball to slip under his body.
Three minutes after the break the match was all but over.
Martziano’s poor clearance found its way to Dor Micha and he easily doubled Tel Aviv’s advantage, allowing the hosts to run riot in the closing stages.
Eliran Atar continued his excellent start to the season with another goal in the 78th minute before Moussa Konate scored the goal of the night three minutes later with a superb shot from the edge of the area.
Betar Jerusalem can become the third team to win two straight matches to start the season when it visits Hapoel Beersheba on Tuesday night in a match twice postponed last week following the security situation in the south of the country.