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(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Bnei Sakhnin continued its impressive start to the Premier League season on
Monday night, outclassing rival Betar Jerusalem in a 3-0 victory at the Doha
Sakhnin, which is unbeaten in its last five matches, triumphed
for the fifth time in five home games this season, while Betar Jerusalem failed
to win for the fifth straight league encounter, and after a promising start to
the campaign, is quickly discovering that it belongs in the bottom half of the
Sakhnin dominated from the start and scored the breakthrough
after just seven minutes.
Aviram Bruchian lost the ball in the center of
the field and Ori Shitrit sent through Ohad Kadusi, who surprised Betar ’keeper
Ariel Harush with his accurate shot to the near post.
Sakhnin thought it
had doubled its lead just five minutes later, but Kostadin Hazurov was adjudged
to have been offside by centimeters.
Ten minutes from the break, Maharan
Radi rattled the crossbar with a thunderous free kick from 20 meters out and
Betar was fortunate to only be trailing by a single goal at
Jerusalem needed Dan Eibinder to clear Kadusi’s shot from the
line 10 minutes into the second half, but the hosts would have to wait just six
more minutes to effectively secure the three points.
An excellent break
forward was completed by Joel Damahou’s shot from the edge of the area, and
despite having Oded Elkayam sent off in the 75th minute, Hazurov added a third
goal five minutes from time.
Meanwhile, Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Tel Aviv
are licking their wounds after suffering humbling Premier League defeats on
Haifa’s 3-0 home defeat to Ironi Kiryat Shmona was already its
third in nine matches this season, which is equal to the number of losses it
suffered on its way to the league title last season.
“We fell apart. I’ve
been here for many years and I can’t remember such a poor performance,” said
captain Yaniv Katan, who made his debut for the Greens in 1998.
many mistakes and paid for them. We disgraced the club and the fans. You can
lose a game, but not like this. This is a difficult moment for us and we will
need to find a way to get the club back on track.”
While Haifa trails
league-leader Maccabi Tel Aviv by seven points, Hapoel Tel Aviv is just two
points behind its arch-rival despite Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Ashdod
However, Hapoel coach Dror Kashtan admitted that his team has
struggled to hit top form this season and midfielder Nosa Igiebor is hoping
Sunday’s loss will act as a wake-up call for his team.
“Maybe we think we
are the best, but even if we are the best we have to prepare more,” Igiebor
said. “I think this loss is a lesson for us.
The only thing I can promise
is that we will continue to improve.”