A terrible game by Beitar and two disgraceful errors by Tvrtko Kale, Jerusalem's goalkeeper, destroyed Arcadi Gaydamak's celebration at the opening match of the Russia Channel 1 Tournament yesterday.
Beitar's management supplied more than 100 buses to bring youth from all over the country to Teddy Stadium, but the 10,000 fans saw Kale get beat in the first minute by a free kick off the foot of Shakhtar Donetsk's Fernandinho from 27 meters out.
Shakhtar Donetsk was also far from brilliant, but it was still able to record an easy victory. In the 56th minute, Kale, who was half on the goalline and half in the goal, allowed Mariusz Lewandowski's header. The 3-0 final result was sealed in the 90th minute by Olexiy Gai from 13 meters out, after a high pass from the wing.
Not many oligarchs bothered to make the trip to Teddy last night. Besides Beitar owner Gaydamak, only brothers Grigoriy and Ihor Surkis, the former a member of parliament in Ukraine and the latter the president of Dynamo Kiev, were on hand. However, many Russian and Ukrainian diplomatic representatives, including the heads of the Donetsk municipal government, attended the match.
Roman Abramovich and his entourage is expected to be at Bloomfield Stadium tonight for the match between Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Kiev.
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