Beersheba with chance to redeem itself in State Cup quarters

With its Premier League championship challenge losing momentum in recent weeks, Hapoel Beersheba looks to the first leg of the State Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday in the hope of ending its 18-year title drought.

Beersheba trails league-leader Maccabi Tel Aviv by eight points after conceding a stoppage-time penalty to draw 2-2 with Ashdod SC on Saturday, failing to win for the fourth time in its past six matches.

With 15 matches still to play in the league, Beersheba, which was fortunate not to find itself 10 points back of first place after the yellow-and-blue was held to a 3-3 draw by Maccabi Netanya on Sunday, still maintains an outside chance of closing on Maccabi and Ironi Kiryat Shmona, which is two points off the lead.


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