Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-0 Hapoel Haifa
Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Pako Ayestaran made a number of changes in his starting lineup including a couple due to injuries. Barak Levy started his 2nd straight game in goal as first choice ‘keeper Juan Pablo was out with a hand injury and Yoav Ziv took Omri Ben Harush’s spot at left back. Eden Ben Basat was also in the starting lineup as Dor Micha got the credit in place of a Israel International Tal Ben Haim on the right side as Zahavi began the match on the left.
With the new starting lineup Maccabi took time to begin playing aggressive football and finally did so in the 37th minute as Eran Zahavi started and ended a gorgeous give and go with Dor Micha. The goal not only opened the scoring and hand MTA a 1-0 lead but it would be a lead they would not relinquish.
Zahavi would double the score to 2-0 early in the 2nd half off a nice Nosa Igiebor pass who was able to play a bit more offensively. When asked about his play after the match Igiebor kept repeating that he does what the coach asks him to do. Often criticized for not showing much on the pitch he emphasized the fact that he does as he is asked. This is similar to the comments made earlier in the year by another midfielder Nikola Mitrovic.
Mitrovic had fallen out of favor with coach Oscar Garcia but as soon as Pako Ayestaran arrived he has been nothing less than one of the most important pieces to the Maccabi puzzle. With Igiebor consistently playing in Ayestaran’s lineup one can hope that he continues to play the role the coach would like to see and Maccabi keeps on their winning ways.
Eden Ben Basat finished off the scoring with a second effort knocking in his own rebound that hit the crossbar to give Macacbi a neat 3-0 victory.
Wednesday night Maccabi heads to Akko to face Bnei Sakhnin in a radius match which should be a challenge as the trip up to Akko is never a fun one, but at least it will be better than Doha. Just ask Beitar Jerusalem and their fans.
Hapoel Beer Sheva 4-0 Maccabi Netanya
Beer Sheva delighted the home crowd at Wassermil Stadium with a big win over struggling Netanya whose players almost traded blows halftime in their dressing room. Shlomi Arbeitman, Wiilian Suarez, John Ogu with his first for Beer Sheva & Maor Bozaglo with a penalty goal scored for Elisha Levy’s charges in front of 6000 supporters.
Meanwhile the visitors were on absolute disarray with striker Larry Kayode having a verbal sparring match with Eran Levy and almost got into a physical altercation with another play from his own team! Yossi Mizrachi the Netanya coach must be beside himself at this point with an AWOL owner and staff not receiving salaries with an imminent fire sale about to take place come the January transfer window.
Beitar Jerusalem 2-3 Maccabi Petach Tikva
Petach Tikva came into Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem and put the smack down on the home side 3-1. A brace by Belgium import Joachim Mununga and an injury time strike by Oz Peretz was what the visitors needed to claim victory. Itzik Cohen starting his first game of the year scored for Beitar and Zarko Korac slotted home a penalty as the final whistle sounded as boos and calls for coach Menachem Koretzky to resign or be fired were heard from the crowd.
Hapoel Raanana 0-0 Hapoel Kiryat Shemona
Both sides seemed a bit slow at the 3pm start time in Netanya as Kiryat Shemona didn’t have the same adrenaline that they had against Maccabi Tel Aviv last week in the northern city. Meanwhile Haim Silvas picked up another point for Raanana but have not won or scored in past 3 rounds of play.
Hapoel Petach Tikva 2-1 Bnei Sakhnin
A nice victory for HPT receiving 2nd half goals from Koby Mousa & Shachar Hirsch. Ali Osman cut the lead to 2-1 but that was all she wrote as Petavh Tikva picks up the 3 points.
Hapoel Akko 1-0 Ashdod
After defeating Maccabi Haifa last week Ashdod continued with its winning ways as they took out Alon Harazi’s club 1-0. Morad Abu Anze was the goal scorer as Akko is now winless in four straight matches.