BETAR JERUSALEM’S Barak Moshe 390.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
New coach, same old problems.
Betar Jerusalem’s barren spell reached four
matches on Monday night after it could only manage a 0-0 draw against Maccabi
Tel Aviv at Teddy Stadium in Eli Cohen’s first game in charge of the
yellow-and-black since replacing Yuval Naim last week.
Betar had a couple
of chances to break the deadlock in the first half, but the fact its goalkeeper
Ariel Harush was named as man of the match pretty much says it
Maccabi dominated after the break, but somehow failed to find the
back of the net, with the yellow-and- blue’s entire frontline once more guilty of
wastefulness in front of goal.
Jerusalem remains in 13th place following
the draw, just two points off Hapoel Beersheba and the relegation
Cohen, who began his third tenure at Betar on Monday, will have to
find some solution to his team’s impotence, with Jerusalem failing to find the
back of the net for over a month now – including in one State Cup match – and
scoring just 16 goals in its 26 games so far this season, 10 fewer than any
other side in the Premier League.
“I’m happy with the point,” said Cohen,
who at least saw Betar snap its three-match losing streak on Monday.
are one of the bottom teams in the league and the players need to internalize
this. Maccabi dominated the second half, but the key is to stop conceding the
silly goals we did earlier this season and we did that tonight.
to stop the rot. This point is priceless and I believe that with a lot of luck
we will stay in the league.”
Betar got the match off to an encouraging
start, pressuring Tel Aviv and reaching a good opportunity in the 14th minute,
with Maccabi ’keeper Guy Haimov doing well to save Steven Cohen’s
However, the hosts lost all impetus in the second half and Harush
had to be at his best to keep Maccabi at bay.
Former Betar striker Barak
Itzhaki wasted a golden opportunity three minutes into the second half, with
Eliran Atar, Munas Dabbur and Moshe Lugasi all also squandering chances to give
Maccabi its first win in five matches.
“We were the better team in the
second half, but once more we weren’t composed in front of goal and failed to
win a match we deserved to,” Tel Aviv coach Nir Levine said.
happy with his performance, but knows a significant improvement is still
“The most important thing is that we didn’t lose,” the
“We didn’t play well tonight, but compared to our
previous matches we were really good.”