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Inter Aliyah 2-0 Elitzur Yehud: Substitutions Save the Day in the Second Half to Keep Title in Reach

‘56 ⚽️ 1-0 Vlad Kart goal, Gaston Fratesi assist

‘67 ⚽️ 2-0 Gaston Hilman goal, Jeremy Tenenbaum assist

Top row (from left to right): Daniel Cabral, Gianni Conti, Gaston Hilman, Pablo Zayat, Ori Hatuka, Tomi Kehana, Ron Sharifi, Mono Bechini, Oded Puzis, Vlad Kart, Thomy Alfie, Fernando Zatz and Sebastian Israel.

Bottom row (from left to right): Jeremy Tenenbaum, Ilan Flax, Max Mzhen, Samuel Hazins, Sam Sank, Andy Gabay, Gaston Fratesi and Alon Zurita.

Our 14th win in a row was not a pretty one, but at this point in the season it's the least we will care about as the victory keeps our incredible 18-run going and our title hopes still alive.

Hosting lowly Elitzur Yehud, Borja Lema rang the changes giving a debut to Pablo Zayat in goal, a first start for Tomi Kehana, whilst also bringing Max Mzhen and Gaston Hilman back into the starting lineup.

The first half was a drab affair as we missed a host of chances, with Ron Sharifi in particular having a number of clear sights at goal but couldn't find the target. On the other end, we looked shaky at the back and had to call on Pablo a few times to keep our clean sheet intact.

At half time Borja made a triple substitution, bringing on Ilan Flax, Gaston Fratesi and Fernando Zatz. The changes helped us feel more comfortable and we were practically camped in the Yehud half for the rest of the game.

Yet, it was not until the introduction of goal machine Vlad Kart that we broke the deadlock after a good run from Fratesi in the box allowed Vlad the space to score his 37th goal of the season and release the pressure.

Not long after a Jeremy Tenenbaum shot fired back off the post into the path of Gaston Hilman who found the net to double our lead and ensure that we would keep the pressure on the league leaders.

The game was far from our finest hour but another victory in the books and truly remarkable that we have won our last 14 games in a row as we keep the prospect of a first league title in our own hands.

On Saturday we host HaKoach Gali Gil Ramat Gan in what is the biggest game in the club's history to date. Our opponents lost to league leaders Tzafririm Holon midweek meaning they are out of the title race.

If we fail to beat Ramat Gan then we will have to settle for a play-off finish, but victory would mean that next Friday's game at home to Holon will pretty much be a winner-takes-all in terms of this season's Liga Gimmel title.


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