1) Four Toto cup matches took place over the weekend:
Bnei Yehuda defeated Hapoel Ra’anana 4:2 thanks to goals by Yarden Shua 2’, Daniel Felscher 25’, Dolev Haziza 61’ and Mavis Tchibota 77’ while Martin Alainz (53’) and Ido levy (73’) answered for Ra’anana.
Maccabi Netanya took down Hapoel Eran Hadera 3:2. Dia Saba bagged a brace (30’ and 71’) while Aviv Avraham (45’) added a goal for the Diamond City Squad. Menashe Zalka (3’) and Lucielmo Palhano Soares (7’) scored for Hadera.
Maccabi Haifa got by Hapoel Kiryat Shmona 3:2. Ofir Arad scored the winner in the 85′ as Michiel Kramer (19’) and Nikita Rukavytsya (53’) also found the back of the goal. Nigel Hasselbaink scored a brace for Kiryat Shmona (38’ and 48’) in the loss.
Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Petah Tikva drew 1:1. Manor Solomon (13′) scored for Petah Tikva while Ahmad Abed (29′) found the back of the goal for the Reds.
Upcoming Toto Cup Matches:
Kiryat Shemona v Bnei Saknin 19:00
Hapoel Hadera v Maccabi Haifa 21:00
Maccabi Petah Tikva v Bnei Yehuda 19:00
Ashdod v Hapoel Tel Aviv 21:00
Hapoel Hadera v Kiryat Shemona 20:30
Bnei Yehuda v Ashdod 20:30
Maccabi Netanya v Bnei Sakhnin 20:30
Hapoel Raanana v Maccabi Petah Tikva
2) Maccabi Tel Aviv faces Pyunik on Tuesday at 19:00 Israel Time in the first leg of third round Europa League qualifying. Head Coach Vladimir Ivic spoke ahead of the contest, “We began preparing for Pyunik after the previous round against Radnicki and we had a few days to analyze and to obtain information. This is the most successful club in Armenia with the most titles and they have the same target every year. My coaching staff is ready for these two games. Our target is to win.”
3) The Europa League held their Playoff Round Draw to determine who the Israeli teams remaining in the competition could face should they advance:
Maccabi Tel Aviv the winner of Sarpsborg (NOR) v HNK Rijeka (CRO)
Hapoel Haifa the winner of CSKA Sofia (BUL) v Kobenhavn (NOR)
Hapoel Beer Sheva the loser of Astana (KAZ) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Quick Hits – Power forward Kadeem Jack signs with Hapoel Gilboa/Galil after playing last season for the Sioux Falls Skyforce…Guard Bryant Crawford signs with Gilboa/Galil after playing at Wake Forest over the past three seasons…Keeper Guy Haimov signs with Maccabi Haifa FC…Keeper Ariel Harush signs with Hapoel Beer Sheva FC…Gidi Kanuk signs with Maccabi Petah Tikva FC…Ben Reichert signs with SC Ashdod…Omri Ben Harush signs with Lokeren in Belgium…