Israel Premier League MD32 Recaps & Highlights

Ashdod took a huge step towards staving off relegation by thrashing Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-0 at the Moshava Stadium. With only two matches remaining, the port city side are now just 2 points away from Petah Tikva and 3 from Kiryat Shemona with their Premier League lives hanging in the balance. Dan Bitton sent a beauty of a chip to Sagiv Yehezkel who in turn sent the ball to Dean David to give Ashdod a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute. Yehzekel himself found the back of the goal 11 minutes later while an Omer Danino own goal in the 48th minute sewed up the victory. Next week Ashdod visits Beitar Jerusalem and Petah Tikva travels to Hapoel Haifa.

Haim Silvas won his first game in charge of Hapoel Haifa as the Carmel Reds defeated Bnei Sakhnin 2-1 at Doha Stadium. With the loss, Sakhin moved closer to officially being relegated to the Leumit League as they will need a miracle to stay up in the Premier League. Matan Hozez who scored a hat-trick already this season against Sakhnin opened the scoring in the 40th minute but the host’s drew even in the 64th minute thanks to a Muhammed Ghadir marker. However, just seven minutes later Ben Azubel found the winner as Haifa picked up the 3 points and the win.

Beitar Jerusalem traveled up to Kiryat Shemona and took home a 1-0 win thanks to a magnificent Ofir Kriaf 49th minute goal. Nir Klinger returned to the Beitar bench for the victory after being sidelined with a medical issue. Tomer Kashtan, the host’s head coach will need to record a win next week against Hapoel Raanana as Ashdod is just 3 points away from the northern capital side.

Hapooel Raanana ensured that they will play in the Premier League next season after defeating Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-1 who will have to wait another week to secure their spot. Nir Lax scored in the 16th minute thanks to an Orel Dagani cross to give Kobi Refuah’s squad a 1-0 advantage but Raanana found the equalizer in the 56th minute as Kayes Ganem scored from 12 meters out. Menachem Koretzky’s team took the lead and the win 6 minutes later as Ido Levi put home Or Dasa’s free kick to grab the 3-points. Tel Aviv will look to pick up points next week when they host Bnei Sakhnin in order to remain in the top division next season.

Maccabi Tel Aviv needed a 95th minute header from Dor Peretz to defeat pesky Hapoel Hadera at the Netanya Stadium. Dor Micha recorded his 12th assist of the season when he sent Peretz a pinpoint perfect cross in the box as Maccabi continued their undefeated season. With only four matches remaining Vladimir Ivic’s squad will look to make history.

Maccabi Netanya defeated Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-0 in the southern capital and leapfrogged Barak Bachar’s squad into third place on the table. Fatos Beciraj sent Guy Melamed a fine ball in the 29th minute as the striker found the back of the goal to give the visitor’s a 1-0 lead. Just five minutes after entering the game to begin the second half, Moti Barshazki gave Netanya an insurance goal when he scored thanks to a Jahmir Hyka assist.

Bnei Yehuda and Maccabi Haifa played to a 2-2 draw at the Moshava Stadium. Mavis Tchibota opened the scoring in the 8th minute and beat the Greens keeper Guy Haimov to give Bnei Yehuda a 1-0 lead. But Haifa evened up the score just four minutes later when Ofri Arad gave Yarden Shua the ball in the area as he made no mistake finding the back of the goal. The host’s regained the advantage in the 38th minute via a Jabub Sylvestr penalty but Neta Lavi scored the equalizer in the 44th minute as the side’s split the points.

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