Betar Jerusalem 370.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Two goals in six second half minutes gave Betar Jerusalem a 3-2 victory over
Hapoel Tel Aviv in an action-packed encounter at Teddy Stadium on Monday
The presence of former Hapoel owner, and potentially future Betar
boss, Eli Tabib, made all the headlines ahead of the match, but he was quickly
forgotten, with Jerusalem taking just 95 seconds to make the breakthrough
through Amit Ben-Shushan.
Tal Ben-Haim scored a deserved equalizer six
minutes from the break and Hapoel completed the comeback against the run of play
in the 65th minute thanks to Toto Tamuz’s bullet from a tight
However, Tamuz was controversially sent off for a second yellow
card moments later for provoking Betar fans and the match turned on its
John Paintsil scored an own goal in the 71st minute before
substitute Hen Azriel beautifully curled the ball into the top right corner five
minutes later to secure Jerusalem’s second straight win.
for protecting its lead after Ben-Shushan’s opener, but it was punished in the
39th minute when Hanan Maman’s pass sliced the Jerusalem defense courtesy of a
slight deflection and left Ben-Haim with the simple task of rounding ‘keeper
Ariel Harush and tapping in the equalizer.
Eli Cohen’s halftime talk must
have made a real impression on the Betar players as they dominated proceedings
after the break, with Ofir Kriaf, Ben-Shushan and Eran Levy all squandering
However, Tamuz blasted Hapoel back into the lead in
the 65th minute before referee Orel Grinfeld decided that the striker deserved a
second yellow card for putting his finger to his mouth to silence the crowd in
his goal celebration.
The sending off gave Betar the boost it was looking
for and the hosts clinched the win with two goals in six minutes.
Azriel pressuring him from behind, Paintsil bundled Shay Hadad’s cross into the
back of his own net in the 71st minute and Azriel gave Betar all three points
with a superb finish five minutes later.
Also Monday, Ironi Kiryat Shmona
snatched a 1-1 draw against Hapoel Beersheba despite playing with 10-men from
the 20th minute of the match.
Beersheba took the lead after nine minutes
thanks to Tomer Swisa’s superb curling free kick from 20 meters out and the
visitors were in complete control following Elad Gabai’s sending off for a
second yellow card in the 20th minute for a blatant dive.
Abu Hazeira equalized for Kiryat Shmona from the penalty spot four minutes into
the second half after being brought down in the box and the reigning-champion
rode its luck for the remainder of the game to hold on for a point.