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Israel WINNER League Matchday 25 February 27-29, 2016

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Hapoel Tel Aviv 0:2 Hapoel Akko

The Reds couldn’t find the answers against a game Akko squad coached by Yaron Hochenboim as his side picked up three points in the relegation battle. Lanre Kehinda scored a brace for the visitors and Tel Aviv just couldn’t find a way to beat their former keeper Dani Amos. While Eli Gutman’s team controlled the ball for the vast majority of the match they couldn’t find a way past the stingy Akko defense. The loss leaves them one point shy of Hapoel Haifa in the relegation zone.

Hapoel Kfar Saba 1:2 Hapoel Beer Sheva

Omer Padida gave the Greens a short lived lead as Tony Nwakaeme and John Ogu scored first half goals for table leaders Hapoel Beer Sheva. The victory gives the desert side a 5-point advantage over second place Maccabi Tel Aviv as league play will move into the 26th and final Matchday of the regular season.

Bnei Yehuda 0:1 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Eli Dasa scored the lone goal of the match in the first half to lead the defending champs to victory and collect three points to continue to keep pressure on table leaders Hapoel Beer Sheva. The Yellow-and-Blue throughly dominated the contest as Eran Zahavi missed several opportunities to add to the lead as Bnei Yehuda barely had any scoring chances to speak of.

Beitar Jerusalem 2:0 Maccabi Petach Tikva

The home Jerusalem side continued to play superb football this time defeating a club with whom they have had trouble with all year long. A Claudemir Perreira free kick first half goal couple with another Nikita Rukavytsya second half strike was all the Yellow-and-Black would need on this night to cement their third place position.

Bnei Sakhnin 3:0 Kiryat Shemona

Yossi Abuksis and his Bnei Sakhnin side will be playing in the upper playoffs as his team disposed of a struggling Kiryat Shemona 3:0 at Doha Stadium. A fantastic team effort led to the first Sakhnin goal in the 29th minute as Feras Magarbeh finished off a gorgeous play. They doubled their score on a Shlomi Azulay penalty early in the second half and scored their third marker in the 91st minute via Weam Amasha from Khaled Halila.

Maccabi Netanya 0:3 Maccabi Haifa

The biggest news may have come off of the pitch as Yossi Benayoun announced that he will not continue with the club after this season. Dekel Keinan scored the first goal from a Gili Vermouth free kick in the 6th minute while they added a second strike in the 51st minute after Benayoun was pulled down in the box good for an Eliran Atar penalty kick that he out away. Just six minutes later Glynor Plet would take an Eyal Meshimar pass put it on the ground with his chest and pound it home for the 3:0 win.

Hapoel Haifa 1:1 Hapoel Raanana

Evans Kangwa struck first for Raanana while Zarko Korac woke,ne had in a Hanan Maman effort as the sides split the points at Sammy Ofer Stadium.