Maccabi Haifa crushes Hapoel Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva keeps pace

Nov 13, 2022 | Football

Maccabi Haifa smashed Hapoel Tel Aviv 5-2 to head into the World Cup break in first place. Three goals in less than ten minutes did the Reds in very quickly as Omer Atzily scored a quick brace to cruise to the victory. Tjaron Chery opened the scoring as a poor clearance by Stefan Marinovic made its way right to Atzily who sent the ball to the Surinamese international who blasted it past the helpless keeper for a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.

Dean David made his way onto the scoresheet five minutes later while Atzily then scored his first of two goals in the 20th minute for a 3-0 Haifa advantage. Ten minutes later Lavi set up Atzily for his second of the match, but Dan Einbinder pulled one back via penalty ahead of the halftime break. Barak Bachar’s squad wasn’t done yet as Muhammed Abu Fani picked up a goal in the 64th minute while Raz Twizer scored late for Hapoel just before the game came to an end.

“The first thirty minutes were all Haifa and we gave up goals that we shouldn’t have and that as the game,” Hapoel coach Slobodan Drapic explained. “We had issues defensively and we made three mistakes and they scored on all three of those chances. When you make mistakes like we did you will pay the price.”

“The break is coming just at the right time despite winning the game,” Haifa coach Bachar said. “The players are exhausted and we have many injuries. We wanted to make sure that we sent the message out that we are good enough in order to head into the break with a win and I am happy that we did just that.”

Hapoel Beer Sheva downed Kiryat Shemona 2-0 up in the northern capital to take the 3-points and keep pace with table leaders Maccabi Haifa. An active Ramzi Safouri found goal machine Rotem Hatuel to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute while Sagiv Yehezkel’s 89th minute attempt from a tough angle made its way into the back of the Kiryat Shemona goal to hand Elyaniv Barda’s side the win.

“This pitch has caused plenty of issues for us in the past,” Beer Sheva coach Elyaniv Barda commented. “Against a team like Kiryat Shemona who are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table will always be tough but I am happy that we took the points.”

“We played well against an excellent team but unfortunately we handed out a pair of gifts to Beer Sheva,” Kiryat Shemona coach Menachem Koretzky said. “The players wanted to win this game and were focussed to do so but it wasn’t meant to be. We have to regroup over the break and find a way get back on track.”

Hapoel Jerusalem blanked Bnei Reineh 2-0 to collect the 3-points and the win on the road. After a goalless first half, Ziv Arie’s squad finally broke the deadlock when Ondrej Baco scored from the top of the box with a left footed strike in the 69th minute while less than a quarter hour later Jordan Botaka sent a scorcher into the Reineh goal to wrap up the victory.

“It was very important to win this game after two losses,” Jerusalem coach Ziv Arie said. “We finished the first round of games with 23 points which was our goal. This was tough game against a very good team and the match could have gone one way or another, but we were able to take the win ahead of the World Cup break.”

“We knew that this was going to be a tough battle against a very good team,” Reineh coach Sharon Mimer said. “Up until we gave up the first goal it was an even game and whoever was going to score first would win. Unfortunately we conceded and that was the end of the match.”

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