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Lamb for Hapoel Petah Tikva: Avi Riken (52)
In Petah Tikva they wore retro uniforms and held a ceremony for the players of its championship generation, for Israeli football it was a reminder of what was almost lost in this team's journey in the lower leagues – while for itself it hoped to prove that it has what it takes to get out of the safe relegation position.
Well, they seem to have started a different tradition: far-fetched glitches. Jimmy Alexis was joined by Idan Vered, who in the 15th minute slid a kamikaze with the traffic forward towards goalkeeper Marciano, there is nothing to add here – if it happens in a FIFA game, you ask whoever plays with you if they chose the right keys. Just puzzling. By half-time, Hapoel B'Sheva evened the score when Barreiro brought down a sentinel on his way to his goal.
The aforementioned sentry, Forchen Bassey, turned out to be one of the most problematic and after tackling B.S.'s defense, he arranged for Ricken to have a ball on the protrusion he likes most on the court. A week earlier she had lost the colony of champions, and yesterday her runner-up did so. In the last minutes B.S. moved around her opponent's goal a lot, she did the same last week, but as then – she seemed to have an asymptotic relationship with the goal and she would not score even if the referee blew the whistle and the game went on forever.
Avi Riken celebrates a goal, photo: Oren Aharoni
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The ceremony held before the game, photo: Alan Shaver
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