Beitar Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Beitar Jerusalem Website)
Betar Jerusalem’s crisis continued to deepen on Monday night after it could only
manage a 0-0 draw against a struggling Bnei Sakhnin at Teddy
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Betar coach Uri Malmilian claimed his team could challenge for
the Premier League title before the start of the season, but after seven matches
Jerusalem has still got just one victory and its five points leave it
languishing in 13th position in the standings.
“We didn’t play well and
our inability to score cost us,” said Malmilian after yet another bitterly
disappointing performance by his side. “We are only seven matches into the
season and I’m not under any pressure. Our goal is to play better and win and
hopefully matters will improve soon.”
After a long absence, Betar owner
Arkadi Gaydamak returned to Teddy.
Gaydamak, who arrived in Israel two
weeks ago to face charges of fraud and money laundering at the Tel Aviv District
Court after spending most of the past year in Moscow, said before the match that
he sees no reason to sell the club at the moment.
He added he is pleased
with the work done by chairman Itzik Kornfein, but surely he was very unhappy
with the team’s display on the field.
Betar began well, pressuring
Sakhnin across the park.
The hosts reached their first chance after seven
minutes, but Samuel Yeboah miss hit his shot from 10 meters out and squandered a
However, Jerusalem’s early initiative faded out far
quicker than Malmilian had hoped and Sakhnin had little trouble keeping Betar at
bay in the remainder of the half.
Jerusalem’s surges forward were far too
slow and its inaccurate passing made Sakhnin’s life very easy.
wasted another good chance on the brink of halftime when he shot across goal
from two meters out, but Betar deserved no more than a goalless deadlock at the
Malmilian’s halftime talk seemed to have an effect on his team,
with Betar finally showing some much-needed enthusiasm after the
However, all it had to show for its early efforts was Avi
Rikan’s ballooned shot three minutes into the second half and Jerusalem’s play
seemed to deteriorate with every minute that passed.
would have one final chance to take all three points five minutes from time.
However, after Sakhnin ’keeper Meir Cohen made a sublime save to keep out
Yeboah’s half-volley, it was clear Betar was headed to another disappointing