Tel Aviv derby ends in entertaining draw

Maccabi and Hapoel played a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday night in a thrilling Tel Aviv derby that saw end-to-end action and fantastic saves as the teams split the points.

Hapoel drew the first blood with an early goal through Osher Davida to give the Reds a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.

However, Mohamed Traore received a second yellow card after accidentally kicking Maccabi midfielder Gaby Kanichowsky in the face, reducing Nir Klinger’s squad to 10 men during the final 30 minutes of the match.

With the extra man, Barak Itzhaki’s team found the equalizer when Brandley Kuwas scored the tying goal off a deflection from a corner kick in the 75th minute when the game ended with the teams tied.

“I am satisfied with the result despite the situation,” Klinger said after the game. “The early goal we scored played a psychological trick on us as we started to back up a bit and let Maccabi attack. But once a player was sent off, we had to put the tactics aside and save the result. “

Maccabi Tel Aviv lost 2-0 to Ashdod SC at Bloomfield Stadium on Monday night. (credit: ARIEL SHALOM)

Maccabi interim manager Itzhaki saw the game a little differently.

“This was a one-sided game that we controlled before a player was sent off and after he was sent off, but we couldn’t find a winner. Hapoel goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus was amazing and deserves a lot of credit. We are not playing well and we have to prepare from one game to another and build confidence in the players ”.

At Carmel, Maccabi Haifa shut out Ironi Kiryat Shmona 4-0 at Sammy Ofer Stadium to move within two points of the leader of the table, Hapoel Beersheba.

Dean David scored from close range in the 16th minute to give the Greens a 1-0 lead, while Muhamed Abu Fani doubled the lead 25 minutes later when he brought home a good ball from Omer Atzily to lead the break 2-1. 0.

Tjaron Chery gave Barak Bachar’s team a 3-0 lead, while Atzily scored the last goal of the night in the 90th minute thanks to an assist from the young Roi Elimelech, who was making his debut, to claim victory.

“The players deserve to celebrate,” Bachar said. “We are ending a very busy period for us that had a lot of pressure. We knew we had to play well and we did. This was a very important victory for us and we wanted to go to halftime with a smile on our face ”.

In the capital, Hapoel Jerusalem won their second game in a row thanks to a double by William Agada to defeat Maccabi Netanya 2-1 at Teddy Stadium.

Netanya’s Parfait Guiagon sent a 25-meter striker into Jerusalem’s goal to take the lead for Netanya in the 35th minute, but Agada scored his first of two goals a minute in the second half to tie the hosts at 1-1.

That wasn’t enough for Ziv Arie’s team though, as Agada headed home with a Guy Badash ball to take the win and all three points.

“We were tactically prepared for this game, but then we made a change because the players weren’t comfortable and we were devastated in the first half,” Arie explained after the game. “We turned things around and scored a quick goal in the second half, which gave the players confidence and kept them on minimal chances the rest of the way.”

In the southern capital, Hapoel Beersheba needed a goal in the 90th minute from Nikita Rukavytsya to salvage a point against Ashdod SC as the teams drew 1-1 at Turner Stadium.

Nenad Cvetkovic scored on a corner kick in the 23rd minute to give Ran Ben Shimon’s team a 1-0 lead, but Rukavytsya saved Roni Levy’s team by putting in a late shot to snatch a point.

“We didn’t start the game well and we conceded a goal on a set piece,” Levy said after the game. “We chased Ashdod throughout the game. It is a quality team that knows how to hold the ball very well. But when they started backing up a bit, we were able to get back into the game as we took a chance on attacking players who finally paid off in the end. “

Meanwhile, Beitar Jerusalem edged Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-0 when Yarden Shua scored a double to lead the visitors to victory.

The capital city team surprised the hosts just two minutes into the game when Shua finished off a beautiful team play to give Beitar a quick 1-0 lead. Shua then doubled the lead when Orel Dagani sent the striker on his way with a tremendous pass to go up 2-0.

Marko Jankovic’s attempt went off Or Blorian and into the back of Petah Tikva’s goal in the 59th minute to close out the orderly victory.

“We were very effective and the team played well against a club that is very strong,” said Beitar coach Erwin Koeman. “We played as a team and there was pressure on us after the last game. I am very happy for the players and the staff as we all worked hard to get back to normal. “

Furthermore, Hapoel Haifa and Bnei Sakhnin played in an entertaining 2-2 draw when Alon Turgeman scored a pair of goals for the visitors in the city of Galilee.

Turgeman opened the scoring in the 34th minute when the ball passed through the legs of Sakhin’s goalkeeper, Gadi Amos, to take the lead, but the hosts came back to draw 1-1 thanks to a Guy Melamed goal at halftime. .

Turgeman helped Elisha Levy’s squad regain the lead in the 49th minute with a header, but Sharon Mimer’s team found the equalizer through Mufleh Shalata to split the points.

“Coaches are never happy when their team doesn’t win,” Levy said after the game. “The crowd enjoyed the show and we saw two teams come to play. At each stage of the game, both teams were attacking and anyone who enjoys Israeli soccer definitely enjoyed this contest. “

Finally, Hapoel Hadera and Hapoel Nof Hagalil played to a dry scoreless draw as each team took home a point.

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