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Almog scores in Premier League debut, Beitar defeats Bnei Yehuda, Maccabi Haifa gets by Hapoel Tel Aviv – Israel Premier League MD21 Recaps & Highlights

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Hapoel Hadera defeated Ashdod 3-2 in the port city to take the 3-points. Newly acquired American midfielder George Fochive got the visitor’s off to a quick start scoring just 45 seconds into the contest thanks to an assist by Lucio. Hadera doubled their lead in the 18th minute when Eylon Almog on loan from Maccabi Tel Aviv headed home a brilliant cross by Dia Lababidi. Roie Gordana was inserted into the match by Ashdod Coach Moshe Ohayon and his introduction immediately paid dividends when he drew a free kick at the top of the box that Dan Bitton buried behind Haviv Ohayon in the 41st minute. Lucio gave Niso Avitan’s squad some breathing room in the 79th minute scoring off a tremendous cross into the box by an active Lababidi. Issoumaila Lingane pulled a late injury time goal back for Ashdod but it was too litter too late as Hadera recorded the victory.

Beitar Jerusalem took out Bnei Yehuda 2-0 to keep their championship playoff hopes alive. Yossi Benayoun sent a fantastic pass down the right side right to Freddy Plumain who scored to give Beitar a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute. Dan Einbinder headed in Beitar’s second goal just one minute into the second half to help Nir Klinger’s squad take home the win and the three points.

Maccabi Haifa dropped Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-2 at Sammy Ofer Stadium. Muhamad Awad bagged a brace to give the Greens the 3-points and the win in a first half goal-fest. Awad opened scoring in the 7th minute via a header thanks to an Ernest Mabouka cross, while Nikita Rukavytsya turned the exact same trick off a Sintayehu Sallalich cross twelve minutes later to take a quick 2-0 lead. However, in the 24th minute Adi Gotlieb pounded the ball home from inside the box past a helpless Guy Haimov to cut the advantage to 2-1. Haifa regained their two goal lead in the 36th minute when Awad took advantage of a mistake by Reds keeper Robi Levkovich but a game Hapoel immediately answered back. Ramzi Safouri launched a 20 meter scorcher to beat Haimov to pull within one goal but that’s as close as the Reds would get as Haifa picked up the win.

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Haifa ended in a 1-1 draw at the Netanya Stadium. Enric Saborit found the back of the goal in the first half for Maccabi when he picked up the ball on his own side of the pitch, raced up field and scored from just outside of the Haifa box to give the yellow-and-blue a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute. However, the Carmel Reds began to take control of the contest as Gabriel Tamas scored the equalizer via a header in the 82nd minute off a pinpoint perfect corner kick as the sides split the points.

Hapoel Beer Sheva welcomed Maccabi Netanya to the southern capital as the side’s drew 1-1 with both goals coming on the first half. Fatos Bećiraj gave the visitor’s a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute on a wonderful individual effort as the striker beat Ohad Levita. But an officiating mistake by Eli Hachmon three minutes later handed Beer Sheva a penalty that Ben Sahar converted as each team picked up a point in the battle for a championship playoff spot.

Kiryat Shmona and Bnei Sakhnin drew 2-2 in the northern capital. Ismail Riyan scored a 10th minute goal to give the host’s a 1-0 while fifteen minutes later Mahran Radi leveled the score for Sakhnin. Mohammad Ghadir then gave the visitor’s a 2-1 advantage in the 82nd minute as he headed the ball behind Kiryat Shemona keeper Džiugas Bartkus but just as the match hit injury time, Iyad Abu Abaid scored the equalizer from in close as each team recorded a point.

Maccabi Petah Tikva and Hapoel Raanana each took a point in a 1-1 draw at the Moshava Stadium. Menachem Koretzky’s side were the better half from the get go, but Petah Tikva found the back of the goal first right before the break when Lidor Cohen sent a gorgeous cross to Issa Cissokho for a 1-0 lead. However, Eugene Ansah scored in the 69th minute for Raanana as the side’s split the points.