Chapter 1

1995/96: Beitar Jerusalem 0:1 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Avi Nimni enjoyed playing against Beitar Jerusalem especially during the Double Season. Many remember his goal in the championship match against the Jerusalemites but #8 had done that beforehand in the State Cup Quarterfinal at Teddy Stadium. Others might also remember Itzik Zohar’s massive miss, one that perhaps may have been the biggest of his career.

Chapter 2

2002/03: Maccabi Tel Aviv 5:3 Beitar Jerusalem
The last time that the two sides faced each other in the 8th Round ended up being a goalfest. Before Amir Turgeman became a Head Coach he was a big time goal scorer and he scored a hat trick in the contest. Itzik Zohar bagged a brace for Jerusalem while Andrezj Kubrick scored a lone marker as well for the capital city squad. Do you miss Andreas Prohonenkovs and Bruno Reis? They also starred that night at Bloomfield Stadium.

Chapter 3

2009/10: Beitar Jerusalem 1:1 Maccabi Tel Aviv (9:8 on penalties)
This matchup didn’t have a terrific end for Yellow & Blue fans but it certainly had a great penalty shootout. Emanuel Mayoka gave Maccabi the lead, Aviram Bruchian drew Jerusalem even in a match that wasn’t decided in 120 minutes. Keeper Liran Strauber then stepped up to take a spot kick against Ariel Harush.

Chapter 4

2012/13: Maccabi Tel Aviv 0:2 Beitar Jerusalem
Here’s a match that should be looked at as warning for this season’s squad that began the season so well. Why just ask? In February 2013, Oscar Garcia’s side came into the State Cup clash with Jerusalem after defeating Hapoel Tel Aviv 4:0 in the Derby and took down Bnei Yehuda 3:2 in what was Jodi Cruyff’s first of three championships. But just 9 days after Moshiko Lugassi’s scorcher, the Yellow & Blue hosted the Jerusalemites at Bloomfield Stadium and when everything looked nice and rosy, everyone was reminded that football is a game with its own rules.

Chapter 5

2017/18: Beitar Jerusalem 1:2 Maccabi Tel Aviv
To end off well let’s look back to the last time the two club’s played each other in the State Cup. It was the Semifinals at Sammy Ofer Stadium and Aron Schoenfeld provided the excitement while Dor Micha added a goal. However, Hen Ezra’s strike caused a bit of nervousness before the final whistle sounded.

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