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Hapoel Tel Aviv drop Beer Sheva, Netanya tops Hadera: Israel Premier League MD22 Recaps & Highlights

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Hapoel Tel Aviv recorded a huge 1-0 win over Hapoel Beer Sheva at the Moshava Stadium and are now 6 points removed from the relegation zone as Claudemir scored a 45th minute penalty to give the Tel Aviv Reds the victory. Barak Bachar’s southern squad’s struggles continued after owner Alona Barkat announced her departure from the club to move into the political arena. Beer Sheva had a chance to draw even in the 54th minute but Ben Sahar’s weak spot kick was saved by Kobi Refuah’s keeper Robi Levkovich as the shot stopper quelled every attack to secure the 3-points.

Bnei Yehuda blasted Hapoel Hadera 4-0 as Mavis Tchibota scored a brace in the win for Yossi Abuksis’s squad. Matan Baltaxa began the parade of goals in the 9th minute when he headed the ball home with authority off a Dolev Haziza corner kick. Jakub Sylvestr doubled the lead in 30th minute with his first goal for his new club when the Slovakian striker took care of a Shai Konstantin cross. Before the half-time break, Tchibota scored his first of two when he sent the ball behind Hadera keeper Haviv Ohayon off his own rebound for a 3-0 lead. The aforementioned Tchibota completed his brace in the 75th minute when he took advantage of an error by the Hadera central defenders.

Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa drew 1-1 at Teddy Stadium in driving rain. The Greens were reduced to ten-men in the 38th minute when Georges Mandjeck picked up his second yellow card due to a foul on Yossi Benyaoun. The host’s took advantage of the extra man in the 45th minute when Antony Varenne slotted home a Samuel Scheimann cross for a 1-0 lead. However, less than a minute later Raz Meir scored off a nifty pass from Sintayehu Sallalich to draw even just ahead of half-time. Beitar searched for a winner throughout the second half but were handcuffed by a stingy Haifa defense and had to settle for a split of the points.

Table leaders Maccabi Tel Aviv and last place Bnei Sakhnin drew 0:0 at Doha Stadium in the Galilee. Following last week’s 4:1 yellow-and-blue first leg State Cup quarterfinal win, Maccabi had a tough time trying to beat Sakhnin keeper Muhammad Kandil as Omer Atzili peppered the shot stopper throughout the contest to no avail as each side took home one point.

Maccabi Petah Tikva defeated Kiryat Shemona 2-0 in the northern city as coach Guy Luzon recorded his second win since taking over the club. Armando Cooper, the Panamanian star who just joined Petah Tikva scored the first goal of the contest in the 9th minute. The host’s doubled their lead twenty minutes later thanks to a controversial penalty call by referee Ziv Adler as Lidor Cohen converted the spot kick to pick up the victory.

With Ashdod’s 1-0 win over Hapoel Haifa, two streaks were broken at Sammy Ofer Stadium. The port city side won for the first time in ten matches while the Carmel Reds fell for the first time in 11 contests. Coach Moshe Ohayon’s Ashdod threatened Ernestas Setkus’s goal time after time until Gal Tsruya beat the Haifa keeper via a header in the 63rd minute for the lone goal of the contest.

All Maccabi Netanya needed was a Fatos Bećiraj goal to top Hapoel Raanana 1-0. The Montenegrin striker scored from the penalty spot in the 36th minute as the diamond city squad looked to solidify their spot in the championship playoffs.