Hapoel Tel Aviv wins, Hapoel Jerusalem picks up first victory of season

Dec 19, 2023 | Football

Hapoel Tel Aviv blanked Maccabi Petach Tikva 2-0 as the Reds took the points in an entertaining matchup as Bloomfield Stadium. Ran Binyamin opened the scoring off a brilliant Hisham Layous assist in the 15th minute while Liad Ramot added an insurance marker in the 80th minute to close out the victory.

“I’m very happy with the entire team and players,” Hapoel head coach Borja Lema said. “We had some of our fans back with us in the stadium and we were able to make them smile. The guys worked hard and we played well so everyone can celebrate. Everyone who had a chance to play gave a good performance.”

“I am not looking at how many games we have lost,” Petach Tikva bench boss Benny Lam began. “I know that people say that if you are playing well and are losing, then stay calm but if you are winning and not playing well, then is the time to worry. We had many opportunities in this game and I believe that we sew a good team here. Perhaps we are a bit naive and give up some easy goals, but all in ask I was satisfied with the game.”

Hapoel Jerusalem downed Hapoel Hadera 1-0 to win their first game of the season thanks to Or Roizman’s 29th minute marker in the box to take the points.

“Many people have spoken to me about the great seasons we had last year but I tel them don’t talk to me about it,” Hapoel Jerusalem coach Ziv Arie said. “That is because in the championship playoffs we were a totally different team. All in all we went 14 straight games without a win which is something that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone.”

“This was a tough game to watch and not at a good enough level,” Hadera coach Niso Avitan said. “We had some chances but we weren’t able to convert them which is very disappointing. But that is also the price we are going to pay for having a very short squad that is playing every three days. We are doing the best that we can with what we have.”

Maccabi Bnei Reineh slipped by Hapoel Petach Tikva 1-0 as Freddy Vargas put home a Shlomy Azoulay ball in the 42nd minutes to hand the hosts the win and the 3-points.

“We have a great support system in place,” Reineh coach Sharon Mimer said. “I have a great staff and they deserve a lot of credit. I have to take my hat off to the players who were just great as we picked up one of the most important wins of the season as I couldn’t take a win for granted after we lost this past weekend.”

“I’m very, very disappointed,” Hapoel Petach Tikva coach Ofer Tesselpepe began. “The game was pretty balanced over the course of the first half but in the second half we had full control and it’s too bad that didn’t translate into chances for us to tie the game up. We just couldn’t put the ball into the back of the goal.”

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