Maccabi Tel Aviv wins thriller over Maccabi Haifa, Kiryat Shemona holds Beitar Jerusalem, Netanya gets back onto winning track! Israel Football MD17 Highlights & Recaps!

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Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Maccabi Haifa in a 4-3 thriller at Sammy Ofer Stadium on an injury time goal by Yonatan Cohen to complete a brace. Coach Vladimir Ivic’s yellow-and-blue jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a 13th-minute goal by Avi Rikan and then extended the advantage on a 48th-minute strike from Eyal Golasa. However, Maccabi Haifa stormed back, with Nikita Rukavytsya and Yanic Wildschut scoring back-to-back in the 60th and 62nd minutes to tie up the match at two apiece. Yonatan Cohen gave Tel Aviv the lead once again, putting in the rebound off his own missed penalty in the 69th minute, but second half substitute Mohammed Awad scored in the 88th minute to draw the Greens even once again at 3-3. However, Cohen would have the last word when he slammed home the injury time winner to give Maccabi Tel Aviv the 4-3 victory.

Beitar Jerusalem and Kiryat Shemona played to an entertaining 2-2 draw in driving rain at Teddy Stadium in the capital city. Gaeten Varenne’s brace for the hosts bookended Ismaeel Ryan’s double for the visitors. Budding star Gadi Kinda fed the ball to Shlomi Azoulay in the box who in turn handed it off to Varenne who put it behind keeper Gad Amos for a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. However, Ryan slammed the ball home 16 minutes later to draw Koby Refuah’s side even and then took a Cillian Sheridan pass to complete his brace in the 38th minute to give the northern side a 2-1 advantage before the break. Haim Shabo who replaced Roni Levy on the Beitar sidelines saw his squad press for an equalizer and found it in the 57th minute when a give and go between a very active Kinda and Varenne ended with the latter drawing Beitar even at 2-2. The yellow-and-black looked for a winner over the final half hour but couldn’t break the Kiryat Shemona defense as the sides split the points.

Maccabi Netanya got back onto the winning track after two losses in a row with a 2-1 away win over Hapoel Kfar Saba. Roie Kehat broke a scoreless deadlock in the 71st minute when he scored in the box to give the Diamond Citysquad a 1-0 lead. But five minutes later the hosts drew even when Yahav Afriat scored the equalizer, however, Tzlil Nehemia beat Greens keeper Itamar Israeli to hand Slobodan Drapic and Shay Barda’s team the 2-1 win and three points.

Hapoel Hadera dropped struggling Hapoel Haifa 2-0 in dominant fashion. After a goalless first half, Mohammed Abu Fani helped Coach Sharon Mimer’s squad get onthe board when his pinpoint perfect assist to Lucio allowed the striker to easily beat Reds keeper Jasmin Buric for a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute. Hadera doubled their advantage in the 73rd minute when Abu Fani sent a magnificent ball into the right hand corner of the Haifa goal from outside the box for the 2-0 victory and all three points to give them 22 on the season.

Ashdod defeated Hapoel Raanana 3-0 at the Port City. Hamoudi Kna’an opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a gorgeous 25 meter strike to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Right before the break as Raanana looked to draw even, Yarden Cohen was issued his second yellow card and was sent off leaving the visitors with ten men for the balance of the game. Ashdod took full advantage of the extra man as Dean David and Ya’akov Berihon each for the found the back of Asaf Tzur’s goal to wrap up a 3-0 victory.

Hapoel Tel Aviv stunned Hapoel Beer Sheva 1-0 at Bloomfield Stadium as the Reds continued to move up in the standings under Head Coach Nir Klinger. Omri Altman sent a magnificent through pass to Stefan Spirovski who made no mistake wit hit, beating Ohad Levita one on one in the box as he perfectly placed the ball into the far corner for the lone strike of the contest.

Nes Ziona dropped Bnei Yehuda 2-1 on a 92nd minute winner by Gambian Seaikou Touray. Raz Stain gave visiting Nes Ziona a 1-0 lead in the 66th minute but Matan Baltaxa drew Yossi Abuksis’s squad even in the 89th minute. However, Touray found the back of the goal to take the three points and move out of the relegation zone