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Hapoel Tel Aviv inched back to within just two points of Premier League-leader
Maccabi Haifa on Monday night, defeating Maccabi Petah Tikva 2-0 at Bloomfield
The reigning-champion struggled for much of the match, but Toto
Tamuz got the breakthrough in the 67th minute and Ben Sahar’s 88th minute goal
ensured Hapoel extended its unbeaten streak to 10 matches, of which it has won
“We had an especially tough time in the first half, but we
dominated the second half,” Hapoel assistant coach Yossi Abuksis said. “We
didn’t create many chances but we converted the ones we had.”
real difficulty creating scoring opportunities in the first half and the
visitors surely felt they should have had the lead at the break.
minutes from halftime, Roei Bakal found himself all alone six meters from Tel
Aviv’s goal, but he fluffed his shot from Tal Ben-Haim’s cross and Vincent
Enyeama didn’t even have to make a save.
Abuksis handed new signing
Elroei Cohen his debut at the start of the second half and the hosts finally
began to find their rhythm.
Eran Zahavi and Tamuz both came close, but it
was Petah Tikva which squandered a golden opportunity to take the
Ben-Haim had only Enyeama to beat after Michael Zandberg’s
excellent through ball in the 57th minute, but he rushed his shot and the
Nigerian stopper kept the ball out with an instinctive save.
would of course live to rue its miss, with the hosts scoring the opener 10
Danny Bondarv’s cross from the right eluded the entire
Petah Tikva defense and Tamuz was on hand to head in his 11th league goal of the
Hapoel secured the three points two minutes from time, with Sahar
making the most of Eliran Danin’s defensive blunder, rounding Petah Tikva
’keeper Rubi Levkovich and slotting in his seventh goal in the past eight