Maccabi takes over 1st place with win over Beer Sheva, Beitar drops Bnei Yehuda, Both Haifa teams win – Israel Football MD8 Highlights & Recaps

Maccabi Tel Aviv FC

Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-0 in a classic battle for first place in the Israel Premier League. In front of a sell out crowd a Bloomfield Stadium a Loai Taha own goal in the 45th minute and an Itay Shechter strike in the 94th gave the yellow-and-blue the victory and moved into first place with 20 points, three points clear of the southern reds.

Hapoel Haifa blasted Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-0 at Sammy Ofer Stadium as the Carmel Reds sent Niso Avitan’s squad to another shocking defeat. Nes Zamir opened the scoring for Haim Silvas’s side in the 21st minute as he finished off a terrific end to end team play sending the home fans into delirium. However, that joy would be tempered a quarter hour later when Ben Vahaba was sent off for a brutal foul on Camara leaving the home team with only ten men for close to an hour. In the 44th minute Haifa was awarded a penalty after Gidi Kanuk was tripped up in the Tel Aviv box that Eden Ben Basat duly converted for a 2-0 lead. Tel Aviv’s Nir Lax was handed a red card after pulling down Mahran Lala in the box which allowed Gal Arel the chance to add the third goal from the penalty spot as Haifa wrapped up the win. 

Maccabi Haifa defeated Hapoel Kfar Saba 3-0 at the Moshava Stadium. Tjaronn Chery scored his first of two in the first half when he elegantly found the far corner of the goal with his left foot to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The hosts continued to play Marko Balbul’s side tough but a 67th minute red card to Gershon Kofi reduced Kfar Saba to ten men. Chery added his second of the contest in the 90th minute while Muhammad Awad added the third goal three minutes later to give the Carmel Greens the win and the three points. 

Beitar Jerusalem downed Bnei Yehuda 2-0 at Bloomfield Stadium as to move into fourth place. Shlomi Azulay slotted home the Capital City sides first goal right before the break while Ali Mohamed scored his first goal for the yellow-and-black in the 67th minute to defeat slumping Bnei Yehuda.

Ashdod sunk Maccabi Netanya 4-2 as the Diamond City side was rescued to 9 men just minutes into the second half. Netanya took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute after Roie Kehat blasted home a terrific through ball but just 5 minutes later Almog Cohen was sent off for a foul on Jakub Sylvestr leaving the hosts with ten men. Ashdod immediately took advantage of the extra man to score a pair of goals by the halftime break as Sylvestr’s gorgeous volley and Shlomi Azulay’s strike beat Netanya shot stopper Dani Amos to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Kehat was handed his second yellow card and was ejected from the contest leaving Netanya with just nine players as Ashdod’s Sagiv Yehezkel added other goal in the 65th minute for  3-1 advantage. However, Román Golobart pulled a marker back with a free kick ten minutes later but Azulay added his second goal of the game in injury time as Coach Roni Awaat’s side continued their surprising season. 

Kiryat Shemona picked up their first win under new Head Coach Kobi Refuah by defeating Hapoel Raanana 2-1 in the northern capital. Captain Idan Nachmias gave the hosts a 1-0 lead late in the first half but Idan Shemesh scored a fabulous bicycle kick goal in the 68th minute to draw even. However, five minutes later Cillian Sheridan took advantage of his height and headed home the winner to give his squad the three points. 

Hapoel Hadera played Sektzia Nes Tziona to an entertaining 2-2 draw. Lucio found the back of the goal first as the striker scored in the 5th minute to give the visitors a quick 1-0 lead. Raz Stein pulled the hosts even just before the break as he scored from within the area to give Nes Tziona their first home goal of the season. Hagay Goldenberg gave Hadera the lead in the 58th minute but Moussa Maâzou our home a stein cross five minutes later to split the points.