Dror Kashtan 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Hapoel Tel Aviv failed to make it two wins out of two on Sunday night, only
managing a 1-1 draw with Bnei Yehuda in Premier League action at Bloomfield
After netting four goals at Bloomfield twice over the previous
week, Hapoel struggled to create scoring opportunities on Sunday and deserved no
better than a draw.
The Reds were lucky to take the lead in the 53rd
minute when Iyad Khutaba’s cross took a deflection off Kfir Edri’s head and
looped into the back of the net, with goalkeeper Dele Aiyenugba touching the
ball but failing to push it over the crossbar.
However, Bnei Yehuda would
equalize in the 78th minute, with Dino Ndlovu being brought down in the box by
Salim Toama and Pedro Galvan stepping up to slot in the penalty and give the
hosts their first point of the season after last week’s loss to Hapoel
Also Sunday, Victor Merey’s goal two minutes from time gave Maccabi
Petah Tikva a dramatic 2-1 home victory over Hapoel Haifa.
scored the opener for Petah Tikva, which is hosting its home matches at National
Stadium in Ramat Gan until its new stadium is ready, in the 32nd minute, only
for Hanan Maman to equalize in the 58th minute.
The match seemed to be
heading for a deadlock with neither team creating much in the final third of the
encounter, but Merey stole all three points for the hosts with a cool finish in
the 88th minute.
On Monday, Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Ashdod SC at
Maccabi strengthened its squad on Sunday ahead of
what will be a busy season following its progress to the Europa League group
stage, signing 19-year-old Croatian defender Roberto Puncec.