(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Tel Aviv strengthened its hold on first place in the Premier League on
Sunday night with a 1-0 victory at Bnei Sakhnin.
Omer Damari scored the
only goal of the match in the 25th minute after an excellent team move which he
also started and Hapoel ended Sakhnin’s perfect home record with its third win
in its last four league matches.
“This was a difficult match,” Hapoel
coach Dror Kashtan said. “Sakhnin has a very good team and my players deserve a
lot of credit for winning a match in which they didn’t play that
Hapoel’s victory also extended its margin over reigning-champion
Maccabi Haifa to seven points after the Greens were held to a 1-1 draw by Bnei
Yehuda at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium on Sunday.
Haifa seemed to be heading to
a win after Hen Azriel gave it the lead in the 31st minute, but a Jurica Buljat
own-goal nine minutes from time cost the Greens two important
“This is a bad result for us,” Haifa coach Elisha Levy said. “We
should have won this kind of match, but we are very inconsistent,” added Levy,
whose team has yet to win consecutive league matches this season.
wasn’t even supposed to start Sunday’s match, but he replaced Vladimir
Dvalishvili, who was injured in the warm-up, and he put the hosts in front after
breaking down the left flank before shooting past Dele Aiyenugba with the help
of a slight deflection off Aviv Hadad.
Aiyenugba kept Bnei Yehuda in the
match with an excellent double save from Weeam Amasha and Yaniv Katan three
minutes into the second half, but Bnei Yehuda worked its way into the game after
the break and tied the score in the 81st minute.
fluffed his clearance from Pedro Galvan’s corner kick, sending the ball
backwards into the back of his own net instead of forward into
The hosts created little after that and were forced to settle for
a draw, failing to win for the fourth time in their last five matches.