In the Jerusalem Derby, Hapoel slipped by Beitar 1-0 as Eloge Yao scored the lone goal of the game to paint the capital city red. With close to 20,000 fans in the Teddy Stadium stands Ziv Arie’s Hapoel got off to a quick start as Guy Badash sent a terrific through ball to Yao who beat keeper Itamar Israeli for the lone goal of the match as the reds secured the 3-points.
“Our fans waited so long for a Derby win and I am vey happy for them,” an emotional Arie said. “We have to keep going as this is only the fourth game of the season. After losing 3-0 last season I wanted to make sure that we would look better and I know that if we could keep our emotions in check that we could win the game. This was a very valuable victory.”
“We started the game of really poorly and gave up an early goal,” Beitar coach Yossi Abuksis said. “Hapoel really defended well and they packed their players in and we tried to break through but couldn’t. The team that was winning clamped down and we couldn’t do anything.