Hozez the hero as Hapoel takes Jerusalem Derby 2-1 over Beitar

Feb 4, 2024 | Football

Hapoel shocked Beitar 2-1 with two late goals to take the Jerusalem Derby and paint the capital red. Adi Yona opened the scoring in the first half to give the yellow-and-black a 1-0 lead but Idan Dahan found the back of the goal in the 88th minute to draw Hapoel even while Matan Hozez scored three minutes later to take the win.

“We played back somewhat in the second half,” Beitar’s interim coach Gal Cohen said. “Hapoel barely threatened us all game long and the result doesn’t really reflect the match. We were much more dangerous than they were and that was also the case in the second half.”

“The first half wasn’t great by either side,” Hapoel coach Ziv Arie said. “But the guys wanted this so badly despite the fact that we were soft and lost a lot of the battles in the first half. However, the second half was under our control and we played our style. We played so many good games this season where we didn’t get a result and here we did even though I feel that this one should have been a draw.”

Maccabi Bnei Reineh got by Hapoel Hadera 2-1 as Muhammed Osman scored the winning marker in a game that saw all of the goals coming in the second half. After a goalless first half, Bnei Reineh grabbed a 1-0 lead when Osman delivered a nice ball to Freddy Gondola who found the far corner for the hosts. However, Elad Madmon scored the equalizer for Hadera five minutes later to even up they score at 1-1 but in the 69th minute Osman scored to give Reineh the lead for good as Sharon Mimer’s team took the 3-points and the win.

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