Israel State Cup games took center stage over the weekend as many of the top league teams were in action as some of them were knocked out of the competition by some of the lower division clubs.
Hapoel Beer Sheva just got by Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 on Rotem Hatuel’s 87the minute marker to move on in Cup play.
“It wasn’t a big game by us, especially in the first half,” Elyaniv Barda began. “Beitar really closed us down so we made some adjustments in the second half, but even then we didn’t do things quick enough. The key in cup games is to keep advancing one stage after the next. While we weren’t great we made sure to play solid defensively.”
“I’m proud of the guys after a superb game,” Beitar coach Yossi Abuksis said. “We were very good for the majority of the game but in the Cup you can’t go back he fix up a mistake. Now we gave to just focus on the league. There should have been a penalty in our favor but there was no VAR. We didn’t deserve to lose and that’s very disappointing.”
Hapoel Jerusalem blanked Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-0 as Ayano Preda and Matan Hozez scored in extra time following a goalless draw through 90 minutes to advance to the next round. Following the game Hapoel Tel Aviv relieved head coach Borja Lema of his duties.
“We were lucky in the first half while we played better in the second half,” Jerusalem coach Ziv Arie said. “We are missing a number of important players but those who played performed very well. We have a good squad and we will strengthen it should we have the opportunity to do so.”
Hapoel Haifa got by Maccabi Ashdod 1-1 (5-3) as Yan Benbenisti’s 53rd minute strike was cancelled out by Itay Boganim’s tying goal thirty minutes later to send the game in extra time and then spot kicks as Mohamed Kamara scored the decisive marker.
“I think we have to put in the good word for Ashdod,” Carmel reds coach Roni Levy began. “Their coach Baruch Dego and squad really made our lives difficult. It’s great to see the guys working hard through a game in tough conditions. I’m happy that we came back from a deficit because in Cup games the most important thing is to get to the next round.”
Maccabi Netanya slipped by Sport Club Kfar Qasim 2-1 to advance to the next round of play. Asil Kanani gave Kfar Qasim the shock lead in the 7th minute, but Guy Mizrachi and Oz Bilu found the back of the goal to take the victory.
“I’m happy for the guys,” Netanya Head Coach Guy Tzarfati began. “In Cup games there are elements of pressure and situations that if you make a mistake you can’t go back and correct them. I’m content that in a game that wasn’t one of our best on a tough pitch we may have given up a goal but we knew how to comeback and take the win.”
Hapoel Ramat Hashron defeated Beni Sakhnin on penalties 2-2 (4-2) to move on in State Cup play. Alexanderu Paun opened the scoring for Sakhnin via a penalty in the first half as Shin Edri found the equalizer in the 63rd minute. Godwin Chinemeren gave Slobodan Drapic’s squad the lead just minutes later but Kyle Mbombo drew Ramat Hasharon even as the match headed to extra time and then spot kicks which saw the visitors stun the Ligat Ha’Al side.
Hapoel Petach Tikva dominates Maccabi Bnei Reineh 4-2 as the visitors scored all four of their goals in the first half to cruise to the win. Fortune Bassey gave Petach Tikva a quick 1-0 lead as Gar Nawi, Golan Beni and Idan Vered gave coach Ofer Tesslepepe a 4-0 advantage by the break. Freddy Vargas pulled back a pair of second half goals but it was too little, too late to mount a significant comeback.
Maccabi Petach Tikva downed Maccabi Yavne 3-1 to move on in the State Cup. Following a goalless first half, Ibaraheem Jaber gave Petach Tikva a 1-0 lead but Omer Laku scored in second half injury time to draw his side even and send the game into extra time However, Liran Hazan scored a brace to take the win for Petach Tikva and advance to the next round.
Ironi Tiberias shocked Ashdod 2-0 on a pair of goals within three minutes in the first half to advance to the next round of play. Yaakov Abeda found the back of the goal in the 22nd minute while Snir Talias scored the insurance marker minutes later to take the victory.
Maccabi Kabilyo Jaffa defeated Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 3-1 to win their 13th match in a row across all competitions and advance to the next stage of the tournament.
Bnei Yehuda slipped by Hapoel Ramat Gan 1-0 on a Moti Barshatzky strike to move on in Cup play.
The Kiryat Shemona and Sport Club Tzeri Kfar Kana’s match was suspended at halftime due t9 poor pitch and will be replayed in February.