Maccabi Tel Aviv outlasted Hapoel Haifa 4-3 in a thriller of a match as Yonatan Cohen’s 93rd minute penalty goal gave the yellow-and-blue the 3-points. Hapoel Haifa opened the scoring with a pair of goals within 5 minutes to take a 2-0 lead on Gal Arel’s penalty and Hanan Maman’s strike, however, Yonatan Cohen pulled a goal back for Maccabi before the break.
Aleksandar Pešić headed home an Eyal Golasa cross in the 58th minute but Saar Fadida put Haifa back in front 3-2 with just three minutes remaining in regulation time as Haim Silvas’s squad looked to have taken the victory. However, out of nowheres, Avi Rikan found the equalizer in the 90th minute and Cohen slammed home a late injury time penalty as Giorgos Donis’s team miraculously took all of the points.
Hapoel Beer Sheva downed Kiryat Shemona 2-1 thanks to an Anthony Varenne first half brace. Sintayehu Sallallich found Varenne with a quick pass in the 12th minute as the striker found the back of the goal to give Yossi Abuksis’s squad the lead while the duo teamed up again for the second goal 18 minutes later to double the advantage. Lucio headed home a 57th minute corner but that was all Koby Refuah’s side could find as Beer Sheva snatched the 3-points.
Hapoel Hadera demolished Bnei Yehuda 3-0 at Bloomfield Stadium as Shoval Gozlan’s brace helped the club take the 3 points. Gozlan opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he took advantage of a Tambi Sagas mistake and beat Bnei Yehuda keeps Omer Niron to give Sharon Mimer’s squad a 1-0 lead. Just before the break, Gilad Avramov was instrumental in a pair of goals as Gustavo Marmentini blew by the Bnei Yehuda defense for the first and then Avramov assisted on Gozlan’s second of the game to sew up the victory before halftime.
Maccabi Netanya defeated Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-2 in a crazy game as Hen Ezra broke the deadlock in the second half to give Raymond Atteveld’s squad the points. Aviv Avraham gave Netanya and early 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when his long distance strike made it into the far corner while Yonas Malede doubled the advantage with a penalty deep into first half stoppage time. However, Petah Tikva came roaring back with a 50th minute goal by Liel Abada when he chipped the ball over a helpless Dani Amos and less than 10 minutes later Or Blorian headed home an Or Inbrun corner kick to draw even at 2-2. But Hen Ezra found the winner in the 67th minute when his ball went off a Petah Tikva defender and behind Arik Yanko to hand Netanya the victory.
Ashdod slipped by Hapoel Kfar Saba 1-0 to continue their winning ways on Moussa Bagayoko’s 23rd minute goal as Ran Ben Shimon’s club took the points. Following the game, Kfar Saba parted ways with head coach Amir Turgeman.