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Israel Ligat Ha’Al Matchday 1

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Maccabi Tel Aviv 3:1 Hapoel Kfar Saba

The Yellow & Blue spend up their season at home but on the road due to a radius penalty at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem as Eden Ben Basat scored at the stroke of halftime while Tal Ben Chaim picked up a second half brace to lead Maccabi to the win. Mavis Tchibota pulled one back for the visitors but it was too little too late.

Maccabi Haifa 1:0 Hapoel Tel Aviv

Feras Mugrabi was the best player on the Sammy Ofer pitch but it was his teammate Glynor Plet who came back from a long injury to score the lone goal of the match and give the Greens a victory for new coach Rene Meulensteen while sending the Reds to defeat on Matchday One.

Maccabi Petach Tikva 2:2 Beitar Jerusalem

A crazy first half that featured four goals the settled down for the last 45 minutes of the contest as the side’s split the points. Lidor Cohen scored first forth visitors, while Muhamed Calibat evened it up. Then Idan Vered scored his first league goal since coming back from abroad however, Gidi Kanuk tied up the match before the end of half number one.

Hapoel Beer Sheva 2:0 Hapoel Raanana
Ben Sahar scored the defending champs first goal while Mahran Radi nailed a perfect free kick to give Beer Sheva the 3-points on Matchday 1. Rene Mihelic cut the lead late in the game but it was too little too late.

Bnei Yehuda 1:1 Bnei Sakhnin
Jorginho opened the scoring while Alon Turgeman drew the home side Bnei Yehuda even at the Moshava Stadium as the team’s split the points.

Hapoel Ashkelon 2:1 Hapoel Haifa
Isso Lingane scored a hattrick for Ashkelon while their keeper Dele Aiyenugba gave up an own goal and Brazilian Adilson scored a 90th minute goal to draw Haifa even at 2:2 until Lingane scored his third of the match in the 92nd minute to give the newly promoted side their first win of the season.

Kiryat Shemona 1:0 Ashdod
Ahmed Abed scored a first half penalty as the Northern team picked up the victory and the 3-points.