Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi TLV Win: Israel Football MD6 Recaps

Maccabi Haifa defeated Ashdod 2-1 at Sammy Ofer Stadium after having drawn with Maccabi Tel Aviv last week. Nikita Rukavytsya put the Greens on the board right before the break when he slotted home a 45th minute penalty after a controversial foul by Moussa Bagayoko in the box on Sun Menachem. In the 63rd minute Tjaron Chery doubled Barak Bachar’s club’s advantage as his sharp shot went deflected off of Nir Bardea and into the goal for a 2-0 lead. But Sagiv Yehezkel headed home a Tom Ben Zaken ball to cut the lead as the visitors continued to press for the equalizer but it wasn’t enough for Ran Ben Shimon’s team to steal a point.

Maccabi Tel Aviv for by Bnei Sakhnin 2-1 to record their first league win of the season. The yellow-and-blue’s new striker Aleksandar Pesic was pulled down in the box by Rami Hamada in the 34th minute which resulted in a Yonatan Cohen penalty kick goal as Girogos Donis’s squad took a 1-0 lead. Maccabi doubled their advantage when Pesic took a Dan Bitton pass and put it home in the 67th minute to go up 2-0. Osama Khalaila pulled a goal back deep into second half injury time via a penalty but it wasn’t enough to deny the defending champions the 3-points and the victory.

Maccabi Netanya dropped Hapoel Haifa 2-1 as Raymond Atteveld’s squad scored a pair of second half goals to take the 3-points at the Netanya Stadium. Hen Ezra put the hosts on the scoresheet first as he scored into the far corner while KeVaughn Frater added the second strike in the 81st minute. William Agada pulled a goal back deep into injury time but it was too little too late for Haim Silvas’s side.

Bnei Yehuda slipped by Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 in a tight battle at Bloomfield Stadium. The lone goal of the game came in the 19th minute with Niv Zrihen scored thanks to a brilliant dribble from rising star Roie Ben Shimon as he swept by central defender Orel Dagani in the box to give Nir Berkovic’s squad the 3-points.

Hapoel Tel Aviv slipped by Hapoel Hadera 1-0 as Osher Davida scored the decisive goal off a Roie Zikri cross in the 59th minute to take the 3-points. Hadera had gone a man down five minutes earlier when Dia Lababidi was issued his second yellow card helping the Reds take advantage of the extra player.

Kiryat Shemona squeaked by Maccabi Petah Tikva 1-0 on an 89th minute goal by Lucio to snatch the 3-points.

Hapoel Beer Sheva and Hapoel Kfar Saba played to a scoreless draw at Teddy Stadium ahead of the International break.

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