Maccabi Haifa slips by Sakhnin, Hadera stuns Beitar Jerusalem

Apr 13, 2024 | Football

Three games took place Saturday night in front of fans however, due to the Home Front Command directives beginning at 11pm all games through Monday night will be without supporters.

Maccabi Haifa slipped by Bnei Sakhnin 1-0 as Dean David’s opening minute goal held up the entire game to hand the Greens the 3-points and keep them in the championship race.

“We also began the game last week at Bloomfield against Maccabi Tel Aviv very well and then all of a sudden we are backpedaling,” Haifa coach Messay Diego explained. “I have to really check what is going on as we let Sakhnin come back into the game. There have been plenty of games that we played well and lost but I am very happy with the win despite us not playing that well.”

“There are feelings of disappointment,” Sakhnin bench boss Slobodan Drapic said. “We had plenty of chances and we just couldn’t collect any points. I believe that we played better than Maccabi Haifa and we deserve at least a point. I hope that we can play this well in our future games.”

Hapoel Hadera stunned Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 as James Adeniyi scored just ahead of the break to help his squad earn the 3-points and the win.

“I knew that this was going to be a very difficult game and I expected what would be on the pitch,” Beitar coach Barak Itzhaki said. “We can’t bow our heads just because of one game and we will correct what we need to and hope that we will do things much better in the next game.”

“These are the sweetest 3-points in the world,” Hadera coach Haim Silvas said. “We came in here to play at perhaps the toughest stadium in the country and I knew we had to get a goal. From there it was a battle as we all want to ensure that we will play in the top league next season and avoid relegation. I’m proud of the guys and very satisfied with the effort and performance.”

Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Petach Tikva drew 1-1 to split the points at Bloomfield Stadium. After a goalless first half, Ran Binyamin gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute, however, Avi Rikan scored deep into second half injury time to earn a point on the road.

“Giving up a goal so late? What can be worse,” a devastated Hapoel Tel Aviv coach Yossi Abuksis said. “We made a poor foul and Rikan had a great chance to score and he took advantage of it. That was their only chance to score all game long. We had 6-7 opportunities and we couldn’t.”

“This draw may have kept us alive,” Petach Tikva coach Benny Lam said. “We want to do as much as we can in order to avoid relegation. We will do everything that we can in order to stay in the top league and fight until the end. This was all character that I have been trying to give to the players.”

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