Israel Football Matchday 14

Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Maccabi Haifa 3:1 at Sammy Ofer Stadium on Matchday 14 of the Israel Premier League Ligat Japanika as Eliran Atar scored a brace and added an assist on Dor Peretz’s goal. Sintayehu Sallalich pulled a goal back for Haifa in the second half as keeper Predrag Rajkovic starred late in the match for the yellow-and-blue.

Hapoel Beer Sheva needed a late Dia Seba goal in order to complete a 2:1 comeback win over Kiryat Shemona at Turner Stadium in Israel’s southern capital. Visiting Kiryat Shemona surprised the host’s with a 12th minute goal by Ismail Riyan as he finished off a counter attack led by Valon Ahmedi. Haim Silvas’s side maintained the lead until the 69th minute when substitute Nigel Hasselbaink put home a cross by Ben Bitton to draw Beer Sheva even. But Hasselbaink wasn’t finished as the Dutch striker sent a ball in the box to Seba who easily slotted it behind Džiugas Bartkus for the match winner.

Hapoel Haifa travelled down to Maccabi Netanya and took home a 2:1 win at the Netanya Stadium thanks to a late goal by Gabriel Tamas. The host’s took a 1:0 lead thanks to a terrific solo effort by Montenegrin international Fatos Bećiraj who scored his fourth goal of the season. However, Sharon Mimer’s visiting Hapoel Haifa found the back of the goal in 54th minute when Dor Malul sent a pinpoint perfect cross into the box that Ben Azubel headed behind Dani Amos to draw the Reds even at 1:1. In the 89th minute Haifa completed the comeback when Tamas’s free kick deflected off of Beciraj’s head and into the goal, stunning the Netanya fans.

Bnei Yehuda dropped Ashdod 2:0 at the Moshava Stadium and remained 11 points away from first place Maccabi Tel Aviv. The host’s took an early 1:0 lead in the 2nd minute when Matan Baltaxa headed in a Shai Konstantin corner while the aforementioned Konstantin would double the Bnei Yehuda advantage in the 37th minute via a controversial penalty call to take the three points.

Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Petah Tikva played to a goalless draw at Teddy Stadium in the capital city. Chances were hard to come by for both team’s but Maor Bozaglo had a brilliant opportunity to score a late winner, but he tripped over Idan Vered’s cross as the side’s split the points.

Hapoel Raanana defeated Bnei Sakhnin 2:1 as Or Dasa scored the winner in the 79th minute at Ramat Gan Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Kayes Ganem gave the host’s the lead thanks to a brilliant assist by Yoav Tomer in the 55th minute. An Obeida Khattab penalty in the 76th minute drew Sakhnin even, but 3 minutes later Dasa finished off a tremendous counter to give Menachem Koretzky’s squad three points.

Hapoel Tel Aviv’s frustrating season continued as they drew 1:1 with visiting Hapoel Hadera at the Moshava Stadium. Caio gave the Tel Aviv Reds the lead in the 88th minute beating a helpless Austin Ejide, but Hadera found the equalizer in injury time as Dovev Gabbay headed home a Kevin Tapoko cross to split the points.

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