Summary clip of today's events in sports, 4.1 (Sport1)
You only had to see the reactions of Yossi Abouxis yesterday (Tuesday) after Shua's winning goal and also after the victory in penalties, to understand how much he feared this game.
Beitar Jerusalem did survive the mine against City of Tiberias in the round of 16 of the State Cup with a victory in a duel from the penalty spot, but got into trouble exactly as in the scenario that its coach foresaw in advance. Abuxis was very tense in the last two days, and to a large extent rightfully so.
At the end of the 120 minutes there were players who thought they could choose to kick a penalty, but Aboksis quickly canceled this and explained at the end: "I didn't ask the players.
Already in the 117-118th minute I had the order of the kickers in mind.
In yesterday's practice, the penalties weren't anything, but today everyone kicked properly.
Also the penalty of Aviel Zargari that went in.
Can't remember how, the main thing went in.
The players stood up to the pressure of the penalties, scored all the kicks.
Itamar Israeli took one kick and put us up."
The goalkeeper told his friends at the end that he was walking around with a bad feeling during the penalties, but everything was released for him with the stop after which he signaled to everyone to relax, because there is still another penalty to be kicked.
In Beitar, by the way, they didn't plan on overtime in the game and pre-ordered pizzas for the players and staff at the end of the 90 minutes. After overtime and the penalties, the pizzas were already cold, and some of the players gave up and went home to eat.
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was very tense.
Aboxis (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
The story of the penalties was undoubtedly Aviel Zargari.
The Tiberias players had already started running and celebrating, the fans also started celebrating, and Yossi Aboksis was already halfway to the dressing room feeling relegated.
But someone kept Aviel Zargari from above.
Not on Beitar, on Zargari. What the relationship has been going through in the last year and a half is unfathomable. Just recently they made him the next big thing, set a price tag of two million euros on him, in the summer they made a deal on him with Maccabi Haifa to cover debts, and at some point This season he did not dress at all. Even today he does not know which team he will play for next week. But in his professional and mental state, missing the penalty kick that knocks Beitar out of the cup against a team from the National League, could have brought him to a crash from which it is not clear how he could have recovered.
Luckily for him, the wind and the goddess of luck put a ball in the net for him.
After the goal he went to the net to try to take the ball, wanted to hug or kiss him, thank him for the assistance.
At the end, when half players stung Zargari for the penalty, he answered them: "A goal is a goal."
Now Beitar is facing the Jerusalem derby on Saturday. Yon Nicolasco is yellow, Avishai Cohen is suspended, Ofir Kariaf, who went down in overtime, will be tested and in any case Aboksis will have to introduce some new faces to the lineup. Stav Nachmani may start in attack, but he may leave after the game because he did not get minutes. According to the agreement with him, and can be released from the team. Maybe the derby will change that. Nicolasco and Max Grechkin played yesterday with antibiotics and will rest for the next two days. Amit Cohen will return to the lineup at the expense of Avishai Cohen and Aviel Zargari is also in the 11 picture.
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Zargari (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
In the procurement sector, Beitar want to get final answers regarding the 23-year-old Russian stopper Sergey Borodin from Krasnodar. At this point, the Russian team is ready to loan Borodin to Beitar for about 120 thousand euros with an option to purchase at the end of the season.
Beitar are willing to pay the player's salary, but not pay the high loan amount and expect a final answer from the Russians in the coming days. In addition, the club continues to search for a goalkeeper and a winger, hoping that Eduardo Guerrero will find another team and leave. Regarding the right back, the club continues to explore Linon Eliyahu but still approval from Maccabi Haifa for his release.