Football - Hapoel Haifa beat Beersheba in extra time to win Toto Cup

Lowly Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Haifa claimed the first silverware of the season on Wednesday by beating fellow strugglers Hapoel Beersheba with a lone goal in extra time.

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Both sides missed several chances before Haifa defender Touvarno Pinas scored the winner in the third minute of extra time with a 25-metre shot that deflected into the net.

Beersheba missed a chance to take the lead in the 87th minute when Haifa's Croatian goalkeeper Kale Dreshler saved Ido Eksbard's penalty by diving to his right just moments after he was shown a yellow card for bringing Eksbard down in the area.

The win provided Haifa with a major boost as they lie 13th in the 14-team Premier League with 17 points from 19 matches.

Haifa last won the Cup 12 years ago.

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