Forced to play its "home" game in the national stadium in Ramat Gan, Beitar Jerusalem raced in the second half past Mac. Petah Tikva 3-1 with the support of 9,000 fans, and put a safe distance between itself and the relegation zone.
Midfielder Dan Einbinder scored the first goal in the 49th minute, but gave it back with an own goal just a minute later. Kobi Moyal put Beitar ahead for good in the 53rd minute with a penalty kick. Steven Cohen finished the scoring three minutes later.With the win, Beitar is now 10 points clear of the danger area.
While the fans generally behaved well, they also had some low points. During one stretch they cursed Avi Luzon, the chairman of the Israel Football Association. After the third goal, the fans kept on railing against Luzon, who was sitting in a VIP box.
When the Beitar players emerged from the stadium after the match, fans who had been waiting outside for some time hoisted them on their shoulders.
"Today the players of Beitar proved once again that they deserve to play in a major club," said Beitar coach Eli Cohen after the win. "We saw all the talent and dedication toward achieving the goal."
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