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Football Israel Ligat Ha’Al Round 22

Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-1 Bnei Sakhnin

Hapoel Beer Sheva keeps on winning and also keeps pace with table leaders Maccabi Tel Aviv as their captain Elyaniv Barda made sure of that with a late goal to win the game in the southern capital of Israel. Glynor Plet helped Beer Sheva to a 1-0 lead but a questionable penalty call allowed Bnei Sakhnin back in the game as Muhamed Calibat scored, Barda’s 85th minute was the difference maker on this night.

Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 Maccabi Haifa

Beitar Jerusalem wins at home again on an Aviram Bruchian penalty kick on a controversial hand ball in the box by Sari Falach. Beitar dominated play throughout the match giving Haifa very few chances. Defensively Beitar has been playing terrific under the tutelage of head coach Roni Levy, but on the offensive side of the ball Beitar has been lucky to take points and get penalties called in the favor. Arik Benado and Maccabi Haifa have a lot of work in front of them and their inconsistent play has been frustrating for their supporters. Haifa did put in a goal of their own in injury time but the sphere had been brought down in the box by Alon Turgeman’s hand and was disallowed.

Maccabi Petach Tikva 0-2 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi Tel Aviv continued their league domination with goals by new signings Remi Mareval and Barack Badash to maintain their lead atop the Ligat Ha’Al table. Mareval’s goal was the result of a rebound from a give and go play by Barack Yitzhaki & Badash and Badash’s first goal in a Maccabi uniform beat MPT keeper Tzachi Gigi who didn’t have a chance to make a save on “The Israeli Zlatan”.

Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-2 Bnei Yehuda

Omer Damari saved Hapoel Tel Aviv with a brace to come backdrop a 0-2 deficit to tie bottom of the table club Bnei Yehuda. Amir Agaiev scored his 7th of the season at the 44th. In ute mark after a mistake by Branko Ilic to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Ohad Kadosi scored his first goal since returning to Israel from Switzerland and made it 2-0 in the second half. But the leading goal scorer in Israel, Omer Damari deposited his 16th & 17th goals to give his club a draw. Hapeol Tel Aviv will be disappointed with the result, not being able to take care of one of the weaker team’s in the league, but coming back from a 0-2 hole will be something that coach Ran Ben Shimon will gladly accept.

Hapoel Raanana 0-2 Kiryat Shemona

Kiryat Shemona moved into 3rd place overall with a win over struggling Hapoel Raanana at the Netanya Stadium. Oded Elkayam lifted a by into the box that Mindaugas Panka headed in for the first goal right before halftime and Weam Amasha scored in the 90th minute to seal the win. Right after the match coach Barak Bachar’s contract was extended by owner Izzie Sheratzki and the move will give the northern club continued stability.

Hapoel Akko 4-3 Hapoel Ramat HaSharon

A crazy & wild match up in Akko as the home side came back from a 1-3 deficit in the second half to pick up the 3 points. Emir Hadzic opened the scoring for RHS off a beautiful play that began with Ben Ben Yair who slotted the ball to Yossi Shivchon and gave it over for Hadzic’s first of the night. After a handball right outside of the box by Ben Ben Yair, Ismaeel Rayan tied it up off a free kick to make it 1-1. Just minutes later Kenny Seif made it 2-1 for the visiting side and Emir Hadzic gave RHS a shock 3-1 lead with a penalty kick just at the half. But the last 45 minutes saw an amazing turnaround with a pair of goals by new signing, Albanian Hamdi Salihi in the 53rd & 57th minutes and the winning strike by Guy Dayan in minute 60 to complete the comeback!

Hapoel Haifa 1-1 Ashdod

Ashdod picked up a point in Haifa on an Alexander Davidov goal in the 32nd minute just minutes after Amir Nussbaum’s goal that gave Hapoel Haifa a short lived lead.