Late goal gives Hap Haifa draw in Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Post - - SPORTS - R #Z "--0/ 4*/"* (Udi Zi­tiat)

Beitar Jerusalem’s and Hapoel Haifa’s per­fect starts to the Pre­mier League sea­son couldn’t have ended in a more en­ter­tain­ing fash­ion on Satur­day night.

Both teams en­tered their show­down at Teddy Sta­dium af­ter win­ning their first three matches and Beitar seemed to be head­ing to a fourth straight vic­tory af­ter twice com­ing back from be­hind to take a 3-2 lead.

How­ever, Haifa striker Eden Ben-Basat com­pleted a hat-trick with a 94th-minute equal­izer and en­sured the spoils were shared fol­low­ing a 3-3 draw in Jerusalem.

Ben-Basat had twice given Haifa the lead in the first half, scor­ing in the 17th and 27th min­utes. Both goals were can­celed out by Idan Vered (23, 39) and the score was tied at 2-2 at the break. Ge­orginho’s header moved Beitar in front in the 66th minute, but the hosts couldn’t hold on for the win.

De­fender An­toine Conte was sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card in stop­page time, and Ben-Basat found the top right cor­ner from the en­su­ing free-kick from 20 me­ters out to give Haifa a point and com­plete his first Pre­mier League hat­trick in eight years.

“I didn’t man­age to dis­play my best form in re­cent years, but I’m happy I fi­nally found a place where I feel com­fort­able HAPOEL HAIFA striker Eden Ben-Basat (cen­ter) cel­e­brates with team­mate Dor Malul af­ter net­ting a stop­page-time equal­izer in last night’s 3-3 draw against Idan Vered (left) and Beitar Jerusalem at Teddy Sta­dium. and I have all the sup­port I need,” said Ben-Basat.

“We didn’t de­serve to lose this match,” added Haifa coach Nir Klinger.

“This wasn’t a fun game for me to watch as a coach, but the neu­trals would have en­joyed it.”

Beitar was play­ing for the first time since the de­par­ture of pro­fes­sional ad­viser Eli Co­hen af­ter just 10 days on the job. Co­hen was pushed out on Wed­nes­day af­ter an­ger­ing Beitar owner Eli Tabib and club boss Eli Ohana for say­ing in an in­ter­view that he wouldn’t sign a Mus­lim player to the team as Beitar fans are un­will­ing to ac­cept one.

Beitar looked to be on its way to another win de­spite the dis­trac­tion, but ul­ti­mately had to set­tle for a point to the dis­ap­point­ment of coach Gili Lavenda.

“It is a shame be­cause we twice came back from be­hind and had a chance to in­crease our lead,” said Lavenda. “Un­for­tu­nately, we were a lit­tle reck­less in the fi­nal min­utes and didn’t sit back and try and main­tain our lead. The play­ers wanted to score a fourth goal, but in the fi­nal 10 min­utes we should have de­fended bet­ter.”

Ear­lier Satur­day, Mac­cabi Haifa re­turned to win­ning ways, beat­ing Hapoel Ra’anana 4-2. Haifa was des­per­ate for three points af­ter los­ing two of its first three matches and the show­down with the strug­gling Ra’anana couldn’t have come at a bet­ter team for Guy Lu­zon’s team.

Haifa al­ready led 4-0 through goals from Omri Ben-Harush (26), Sin­tiyahu Sala­lik (34), Ge­orgi Kostadi­nov (48) and Nikita Rukavyt­sya (73) be­fore Jor­dan Faucher (86) and an own-goal by Haifa goal­keeper Omri Glazer (91) made the score-line slightly more re­spectable for the visi­tors.

Also Satur­day, Hapoel Ashkelon reg­is­tered its first win of the sea­son, beat­ing Hapoel Acre 2-1 through Tal Ayala’s 89th-minute win­ner. Ironi Kiryat Sh­mona beat Mac­cabi Pe­tah Tikva 3-1.

On Sun­day, Hapoel Beer­sheba looks to build on its 2-1 win over Lugano in Europa League ac­tion on Thurs­day when it vis­its Bnei Ye­huda.

Else­where, Bnei Sakhnin wel­comes Ash­dod. Mac­cabi Ne­tanya hosts Mac­cabi Tel Aviv on Mon­day.

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