Hapoel Tel Aviv blanks Beitar, draws galore for Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa while Beer Sheva cuts gap to 2-points

Jan 22, 2022 | Football

Hapoel Tel Aviv blanked Beitar Jerusalem 2-0 as the Reds came into the capital city and snatched the win. Osher Davida nodded home a corner kick by Alon Azugi in the 8th minute to give Kobi Refuah’s squad a 1-0 lead while Farley Rosa pounded a loose ball into an empty goal to double the advantage a quarter hour into the second half to capture the 3-points.

“This wasn’t easy and I didn’t like some of the things we did,” Hapoel coach Kobi Refuah said after the game. “But it was more of a tactical match that we ended up winning. I like to play attacking soccer but we are still far from where I want to see us and we are working on it. Hapoel Tel Aviv deserves to be one of the top teams.”

“There are a lot of things swirling around the club off of the field and there is a lot of uncertainty,” Beitar coach Yossi Mizrachi said. “We don’t look good and we are missing so many players, so many key players who should have been leading Beitar but they are unavailable due to illness, injuries, being abroad and other reasons.”

Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Jerusalem drew 1-1 in a game that saw each team lose a player to a red card in a thrilling second half. After a goalless opening 45 minutes, the Greens Muhammed Abu Fani was sent off after receiving a second yellow card just seven minutes into half number two while the Reds lost Omer Agbadish as well later on in the half.

However, that didn’t stop William Agada from breaking away from a couple of defenders and racing downfield as he beat Haifa keeper Josh Cohen to give Ziv Arie’s squad a 1-0 lead in the 85th minute. Barak Bachar’s team pressed for an equalizer and found it just minutes later as Godsway Donyoh’s long distance shot was mishandled by Jerusalem keeper Adebayo Adeleye and found its way into the goal to split the points.

“We thought things would come together over the course of the game but we were just able to take a point at home,” Haifa coach Barak Bachar said. “We weren’t able to bring the quality that we needed to win and this was our worst game this season. They were first to every ball and it wasn’t complacency on our part. We just didn’t get into the game.

“We try and make this team better and better each and every day,” Jerusalem coach Ziv Arie said. “We lost points on nonsense today and we go into every game looking to win. Every point is important and we didn’t give up. We have to stop giving up points over nonsensical things.”

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Netanya played to an entertaining 2-2 draw to split the points at Bloomfield Stadium. Parfait Guiagon sent a perfect ball to Aviv Avraham who put it by keeper Daniel Peretz for a 1-0 Netanya lead in the 16th minute. Just ten minutes later, Gaby Kanichowsky evened up the score against his former team when he finished off a nice passing play with Ofir Davidzada and Edurado Guerrero.

Maccabi grabbed the lead right before the half when Guerrero picked off a lazy goal kick by Dani Amos to head into the break with a 2-1 lead. However, just three minutes into the second half, Zlatan Sehovic headed a corner kick that went off of Ofir Davidzada and into the back of the yellow-and-blue goal to pull even at 2-2 which earned each team a point a piece.

“It was a difficult game and we expected it,” Maccabi coach Mladen Krstajic said. “We were unsure and lacked self confidence in our passing game in the first half. We had to be more aggressive and will need to work on it. Set pieces are problems due to our concentration and we had to play with more risk.”

“We feel that this was missed opportunity as we had plenty of chances to score,” interim coach Ran Kozuk said. “I’m happy how we played. We have a good team that attacked and moved forward as we want to win and we want to score. There is a lot of desire here.

Hapoel Beer Sheva pulled to within two points of table leaders Maccabi Haifa as the southern reds took care of Maccabi Petah Tikva 1-0 on a Miguel Vitor second half goal to give Roni Levy’s squad the 3-points.

“i’m always happy when we win,” explained an excited Levy following the game. “It’s always better to clean up issues while you’re winning and this was one that showed our character after a couple of rough weeks. We had to get back on track and this win was very important.”

“It’s very disappointing,” a dejected Petah Tikva coach Nir Klinger said. “Not only was this disappointing because of the good first half we had, but we needed to go into the break with a 2-0 lead. We knew that Beer Sheva is very good on set pieces and we ended paying the price.”

Hapoel Haifa traveled up to Hapoel Nof HaGalil and took a 1-0 victory on a 23rd minute goal by Hanan Maman to hand Elisha Levy’s squad the 3-points.

“It’s been quite some time since we won,” an excited Levy said following the game. “We still aren’t playing they way we want to but we played well in the first half while the second was very physical. But I told the guys this is the type of game that we have to win of we want to be in the Championship playoffs.”

“We didn’t control the ball well at all and couldn’t put find a though ball or cross to give us any type of relevant opportunity,” Nof HaGalil coach Shay Barda said. “We have a lot of work to do and we will correct the points where we have issues.”

Hapoel Hadera blanked Kiryat Shemona 2-0 to take the 3-points and the win. Maxim Plakuschenko opened the scoring with a free kick strike just outside of the box in the 16th minute while Gustavo Marmentini added an insurance marker three minutes into the second half to give Menachem Koretzky’s squad the victory.

“This was a very important win and we keep moving away from the bottom of the table,” Koretzky said. “We had a tough time a little while back with some injuries but this was a good showing and we have been playing very well of late. We can still play better and we are on track to having a fantastic season.”

“This was one of poorest games his season,” Kiryat Shemona coach Slobodan Drapic explained. “We didn’t know how to digest the compliments that we had received up until now. We need to learn from the game and ready ourselves properly for our next match against Bnei Sakhnin in 8 days.”

Ashdod needed a last gasp effort to just slip by Bnei Sakhnin 1-0 as Yakov Brihen scored a brilliant goal in the 92nd minute to give the port city side the 3-points.

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