Salim Toama, Hapoel Tel Aviv 311 .
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-1 in the Toto Cup semifinals on
Tuesday night in its first match since Dror Kashtan’s firing, booking a meeting
in the final against Ironi Kiryat Shmona.
Victor Merey gave Petah Tikva
the lead after 35 minutes at Hamoshava Stadium in Petah Tikva, but goals from
Walid Badier (40), Elroei Cohen (49) and Mirko Oremus (82) secured Hapoel’s
victory a day after Kashtan was stunningly sacked.
Kiryat Shmona, which
won the cup last season, beat Hapoel Beersheba 2-1 after extra time. David
Solari put the Premier League leader in front after 12 minutes, but Ido
Eksbard’s equalizer in the 48th forced extra time which was decided in the 118th
minute by Ahmed Abed’s winner.
Earlier Tuesday, Israel Football
Association chairman Avi Luzon promised that he will not allow anyone to
incriminate him after being questioned for nine hours at the Fraud Department in
“I’m certain both I and the IFA are innocent,” said Luzon, who was
also interrogated extensively by police on Sunday in suspicion of match-fixing
and interfering in the placement of officials.
“Nothing illegal was
“I’m proud to say that no one in the State of Israel will ever
be able to incriminate Avi Luzon.”