soccer BS 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Hapoel Beersheba climbed to the summit of the Premier League standings in
emphatic fashion on Saturday night, thrashing Bnei Sakhnin 4-0 at Doha
Five days after handing defending champion Maccabi Tel Aviv its
first defeat of the season, winning 3-2 at Vasermil Stadium, Beersheba
completely outplayed Sakhnin on the road to move one point ahead of the
yellowand- blue, which will only host Maccabi Petah Tikva on Monday
After conceding the first goal in its previous three matches,
Beersheba finally got a game off on the right foot on Saturday, with Elyaniv
Barda scoring the opener after nine minutes thanks to some excellent build up
play by Dovev Gabai.
The goal of the night arrived seven minutes before
the break, with Maor Buzaglo’s stunning strike from 20 meters out flying into
the top right corner.
Barda netted his second goal of the match in the
66th minute and Tomer Swisa put the icing on the cake in the sixth minute of
stoppage time after the match was briefly suspended due to floodlight
“We showed a lot of character with this win,” said Barda, who
has scored four goals in Beersheba’s past three matches.
“There is often
a drop in form after a big win, but we managed to build on the victory over
Maccabi Tel Aviv. There’s no need to get carried away and start talking about
winning the championship. Our goal at the moment is to cement our place among
the league’s top teams.”
Hapoel Tel Aviv dropped two more precious points
on Saturday, drawing 2- 2 against Bnei Yehuda at Bloomfield
Hapoel was hoping to record three consecutive wins in league
action for the first time this season, but it couldn’t overcome Bnei Yehuda,
which had picked up just a single point from its previous seven
Nevertheless, Bnei Yehuda was far from happy at the final
whistle after taking a 2-1 lead with Hapoel down to 10 men in the 63rd
Following a dreary first half, Omer Damari scored the opener for
Hapoel four minutes after the break, but Bnei Yehuda would turn the match on its
head within 10 minutes.
Oz Raly equalized in the 54th minute after a solo
slalom and Liroy Zhairi gave the hosts the lead nine minutes later, scoring from
the rebound of Raly’s missed penalty, with Hapoel’s Jurgen Colin being sent off
for the foul.
However, even with 10 men, Tel Aviv tied the score just
five minutes later, with Damari netting from the penalty spot after a Ben Vahaba
After three straight wins, Hapoel Haifa was brought back down
to earth on Saturday, losing 1-0 at Ashdod SC. Timor Avitan scored the winner in
the 77th minute.
Hapoel Ramat Hasharon drew 1-1 with Hapoel Acre on
Saturday. Emir Hadzic (10) gave the hosts the lead, with Elior Syder equalizing
(81) after Ramat Hasharon’s Ben Reichert was sent off (49).
Saturday, Ironi Kiryat Shmona drew 0-0 with Hapoel Ra’anana.
Maccabi Tel Aviv can return to first place when it hosts Maccabi Petah Tikva,
while Beitar Jerusalem visits the struggling Maccabi Haifa.