A first half brace from Israel international striker BEN SAHAR and a pair of second half strikes on the hour powered FC HAPOEL TEL AVIV to a 4-1 victory over visiting FC Hapoel Acre and a return to the top of the Ligat ha’Al table.
Sahar, who was still just 16 years old when Premier League stalwarts FC Chelsea shelled out 320,000 English pounds for the youngster’s services in May of 2006, is on loan to FC Hapoel Tel Aviv for this season from Spanish La Liga side RCD Espanyol Barcelona. The Israeli club did purchase 10% of the now 21-year-old’s playing contract and will share in any future profits from transfer fees. With two goals inside of ten minutes, Sahar lifted his total for FC Hapoel Tel Aviv to six in Ligat ha’Al this term.
22-year-old Israel international striker TOTO TAMUZ scored his team-leading 10th goal in the league on the hour while Israel international midfielder GIL VERMOUTH added his fifth goal in Ligat ha’Al five minutes later to round out the scoring for the defending domestic champions.
Israel international striker BEN SAHAR (11) of FC Hapoel Tel Aviv races for the ball with Red Bull Salzburg’s Holland international midfielder DAVID MENDES DA SILVA during the UEFA Champions League playoff tie this past August at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
By virtue of a superior goal-differential record, FC Hapoel Tel Aviv have taken the lead in the Israeli championship over FC Maccabi Haifa, who, despite yet another goal from Georgia international striker VLADIMIR DVALISHVILI, could only muster a 2-2 draw with FC Hapoel Be’er Sheva.