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Israel Football Ligat Ha’Al Matchday Nine


Maccabi Tel Aviv 0:0 Maccabi Petach Tikva
Shota Arveladze’s side still couldn’t find the back of the goal as they have now gone three league matches and an Europa League tilt without scoring. Kobi Refuah’s squad remained in second place as the team’s split the points.


Hapoel Ashkelon 1:5 Hapoel Beer Sheva
Ben Sahar continued his strong play with a brace with the first goal coming on a penalty as Michael Ohana, Ben Bitton and Muhamed Ghadir all scored for the defending champions. With the victory Barak Bachar’s squad moved five points clear of second place Petach Tikva.


Hapoel Haifa 0:0 Maccabi Haifa
Pete Plethausen was the Man of the Match as the Hapoel keeper kept a clean sheet making save after save against the Greens. Chances by Glynor Plet and company couldn’t find the back of Eli Cohen’s sides goal as the teams split the points.


Beitar Jerusalem 1:0 Hapoel Raanana
Jesus Rueda scored the lone goal of the match in the second half giving Beitar and coach Ran Ben Shimon some much needed breathing room. The Yellow & Black had an early penalty but Jonathan Audel’s attempt was stopped by Arik Yanko. With chances aplenty, Beitar kept barraging the Raanana goal to no avail. But finally number 4 was able to breakthrough and send the Jerusalem faithful into exctasy with his third strike of the season.


Ashdod 1:0 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Niv Zrihen’s second goal of the season helped Yossi Mizrachi’s club take 3 valuable points to move out of the cellar while Guy Luzon and Hapoel Tel Aviv continue their inconsistent play.


Bnei Yehuda 0:1 Kiryat Shemona
The northern club won their first match since opening day as Shlomi Azoulay’s early second half strike made all the difference. Ahed Abed missed a first half penalty against the team from the Schuna but in the end it didn’t make a difference as Izzy Sheratsky’s side took the three points.


Hapoel Kfar Saba 2:1 Bnei Sakhnin
Itzik Cohen and Mavis Tchibota scored first half goals as Sharon Mimer’s side was able to hold off Sakhnin who received a 60th minute goal by Ramzi Sfori.