Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Hadera ended in a 1-1 draw as the teams each picked up a point for their efforts. Hisham Layous scored in the first half to give the Reds a 1-0 lead but a late red card to Tel Aviv gave Hadera a man to the good as Elad Madmon found the equalizer in the 80th minute to split the points.
“We needed to score a second goal and go up 2-0,” Hapoel Tel Aviv Head Coach Borja Lema said. “But we were rescued to ten men and that caused us issues as time wound down. We need to improve on that and make sure we finish games with 11 men. We wanted the 3-points but we didn’t succeed in doing so.”
“I’m very disappointed,” Hadera coach Nico Avitan began. “Hapoel Tel Aviv wasn’t that dangerous but they caught us that one time. We made some adjustments in the second half and that really kept them at bay as we were the better side. We deserved more than a point.”
Maccabi Bnei Reinah blanked Maccabi Petach Tikva 3-0 as the hosts took the points to continue their fine play thus far this season. Shlomi Azoulay gave Reineh a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the game while Sambinha doubled the advantage ahead of the halftime break. Loie Halaf added a third goal in second half stoppage time to wrap-up the victory for Sharon Mimer’s surprise package.
“I am always trying to encourage the guys to continue to play well and develop,” Mimer said. “We are looking better since returning from the break due to the war as we controlled this game. We created many chances and I am also happy that we didn’t concede once again.”
“In the first half we were nowhere to be found,” Petach Tikva coach Benny Lam said. “Reineh has some excellent players and they were in control throughout the first half. We did have some chances in the second half but we are also missing a number of important players for quite some time.”
Hapoel Petach Tikva and Ashdod drew 1-1 as the visiting port city squad scored a late send half injury time penalty to split the points at the Moshava Stadium. After a goalless first half, Golan Beni scored in the 86th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead but ten minutes later a handball in the box confirmed by the VAR (Virtual Assistant Referee) allowed shalom Azulay to score from the penalty spot to snag a point.
“I’m very disappointed, it wasn’t a penalty,” Petach Tikva head coach Ofer Tesselpepe lamented following the game. “It was easy for the referee to blow the whistle and to keep adding time. The VAR also came into play last week. The referees need to officiate the games and not have the VAR intervene all of the time.”
“I really didn’t see what happened,” Ashdod bench boss Eli Levi said about the penalty call. “We had an issue like this when we played Maccabi Petach Tikva. We knew this was going to be a game where it would come down to one opportunity and exhaustion determined the outcome of the game. Every point is important and we’ll take any we can get.”