Summary of Hapoel Beer Sheva's 0:1 victory over Bnei Sakhnin (Sport 1)
Much of what is happening to Hapoel Be'er Sheva this season, certainly in the away games, lies in the sentence that Eliniv Barda said last night at the press conference at the Doha Stadium after another victory for the team, this time over Bnei Sakhnin: "My players love challenges."
Beyond his leadership as a coach, the fulfillment of his players' instructions and the ability they demonstrate in almost every cycle, there is another element in Hapoel Beer Sheva this season, and that is the players' vivacity and never-ending hunger.
The performance in the Toto Cup final against Maccabi Netanya not long ago was accompanied by a home draw against the same team a few days later in Turner.
In the eyes of many, this was a sign that the worker in Beer Sheva was dropping out of the race.
Breda thought differently, and his players thought differently.
If Breda can wish for anything, it's that he will have players with whom he can go to war all his life.
Exactly the players he has now in Hapoel Beer Sheva.
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Barda (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
After the games against Maccabi Netanya, Hapoel Beer Sheva went out for three away games.
Three groups fighting for their challenges awaited her.
Some want a higher playoff, some want to stay in the league.
He was not interested in the team from second place.
Nine out of nine in three away games.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva won all of them 0:1 small big, without conceding a goal and this morning Hapoel Be'er Sheva is strong on the tail of Maccabi Haifa.
Only two points separate them and Hapoel Beer Sheva even has a better goal difference.
If anyone was looking for an alternative to Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Beer Sheva provides its answers every cycle.
Breda was not afraid yesterday to let Helder Lopes start even though another yellow card would have prevented him from playing against Maccabi Tel Aviv in less than two weeks.
The coach was not afraid and received from his left defender a responsible, mature game, without a yellow card and especially with a winning goal with an accurate free kick to the excellent Gad Amos.
Even the penalty that goalkeeper Sakhnin stopped was not as dangerous as the strong ball kicked by Lopes, one of the best acquisition players that landed in Hapoel Be'er Sheva in recent years.
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He was not afraid of the yellow, received the credit from Barda and paid back in a big way.
Lopes (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
It was not easy yesterday for Breda to prepare the team with the knowledge that Ramsey Spori will be out for a month and a half due to a knee injury.
In the team, we were happy for the club doctor who made sure that Sepori was operated on as soon as possible, but this is one of Hapoel Beer Sheva's main weapons, and for the game in Sakhnin Barda left without him and also without Shafi Suleimanov and Gab Yehezkel.
But Hapoel Be'er Sheva has depth and even if Roy Gordana, one of Barda's best, remained on the bench so as not to burden him, the team knew how to play one of its best games of the season and return with the three points.
Even the departure of Rotem Hatuel when he was very angry and barely shook hands with Patrick Kalimela, did not cloud the great feeling of satisfaction with which the team returned from Sakhnin.
Even the small quarrel between Ayad Abu Abid and Mariano Barreiro at the end because of some argument about a ball in the game, did not move too much.
Hapoel Beer Sheva will wait to see their crowd fill in for Turner on Saturday at a convenient time and then score three more points before going to Bloomfield a week later, for the big game against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
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