Hapoel Beersheba's Elyaniv Barda 370.
(photo credit: Meir Aven Haim)
Hapoel Beersheba climbed to the top of the Premier League standings on Saturday
with a 2- 0 victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv, triumphing in its first two matches of
the season for the first time in 10 years.
Beersheba entered 2013/14 with
high expectations following the signings of Elyaniv Barda and Maor Buzaglo and
the two stars shined for the team at Vasermil Stadium on Saturday, compounding
the misery on the sorry Tel Aviv.
Siraj Nasar headed in Beersheba’s
opener in the 36th minute from a Buzaglo corner and the midfielder also provided
the assist for the second goal of the night, with Barda slotting in from close
range just 22 seconds into the second half.
The defeat left Hapoel with
just a single point from its first two matches of the campaign, with the Reds
still searching for their first league goal of the season.
Jerusalem, which lost to Beersheba last week, picked up its first points of the
season on Saturday, beating Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-1 at the Moshava
Shay Hadad (20), Itzik Cohen (50) and Tzahi Elihen (88) canceled
out Omer Golan’s opener, scored after just 42 seconds.
claimed a dramatic 1-0 victory over Hapoel Acre on Saturday courtesy of Mohamed
Kalibat’s 90th-minute penalty.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona bounced back from last
week’s defeat to Maccabi Haifa with a 4-1 victory over Ironi Ramat
Dusan Matovic (49), David Manga (59, 86) and Ofir Mizrahi (60)
scored for the hosts, with Hasan Sayaf (88) netting Ramat Hasharon’s consolation
Also Saturday, Hapoel Haifa and Hapoel Ra’anana drew 1-1 at Kiryat
Anthony Nwakaeme (14) scored for Ra’anana, with Nebojsa
Marinkovic (44) equalizing for Haifa On Sunday, Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Bnei
Yehuda and Maccabi Haifa visits Ashdod SC, which completed the sale of Nir Biton
to Celtic on Friday.