Maccabi Tel Aviv cruises over Maccabi Petach Tikva, Jerusalem picks up win, Hapoel Haifa downs Netanya

Mar 3, 2024 | Football

Maccabi Tel Aviv blanked Maccabi Petach Tikva 4-0 as four different goal scorers featured for the hosts. Eran Zahavi broke the ice when he latched onto an Osher Davida ball in the 10th minute while a quarter hour later Dor Peretz found the back of the goal thanks to a Zahavi ball to give the yellow-and-blue a 2-0 lead heading into the halftime break. Milson added the third marker in the 77th minute as Dan Bitton fed Gaby Kanichowsky for the fourth and final strike of the game to wrap up the victory.

“I’m happy, it’s great to score goals and I’m happy about the clan sheet and not conceding as well,” Maccabi coach Robbie Keane said. “We are always talking about not giving us goals and if you don’t you’ll always have a better chance to win. We should have scored even more but the players were offside too many times.”

“I don’t think that I came into this game over confident,” Petach Tikva coach Ron Kozuk said. “We made mistakes and we paid a very high price for that. When you make mistakes against a quality club you’re going to pay for it. It was not a good game from us and I wanted to chance up the formation in the first half but was unable to.”

Hapoel Jerusalem slipped by Maccabi Bnei Reineh 1-0 thanks to Jelle Duin’s 30th minute goal as the capital city reds took the points.

“We gave out too many gifts to the opposition,” Jerusalem coach Ziv Arie began. “It happened at least 4 times but we were ready for their dangerous players. We did have some good minutes but we couldn’t find the second goal. I generally don’t like 1-0 games but it was tough and it was a good game from us nonetheless.”

“Over the last while we have been there and want to win but we just haven’t be able to do enough,” Reineh coach Sharon Mimer explained. “The team that wanted it more and was aggressive rightfully won the game. We will fight until the end to collect as many points as we can.”

Hapoel Haifa defeated Maccabi Netanya in dramatic fashion 2-1 as the visiting Carmel Reds scored the winning goal via an 89th minute penalty to take the victory and the points.

Oz Bilu gave the hosts a quick 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute but Dmitry Antilevsky headed home the tying goal in the 79th minute to even knot up the score. However, Tomer Yosefi’s penalty ten minutes later handed Roni Levy’s team the lead for good.

“We began the game very poorly,” Levy said after the contest. “We spoke about the fact that Netanya would come in blazing as they want to get into the championship playoffs and that we can’t be too calm from the get go. We want to solidify our spot in 4th place and even threaten to move into 3rd but we are missing some key players.”

“This isn’t the first time that we are on the cruel side of the game,” Netanya coach Guy Tzarfati said. “We made some mistakes that cost us and somehow that happens to us week after week. We led 1-0 and we had chances as did our substitutes but the bottom line is that we lost the game that we should have won.”

Bnei Sakhnin and Ashdod drew 1-1 to split the points for their efforts at Doha Stadium. Clauido Spinelli nodded in the opening goal to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute but Stav Nachmani knotted the game up less than a quarter hour later as each team took home a point for their efforts.

“I believe that the early goal we scored kind of forced us to play a bit more defensively” Sakhnin coach Slobodan Drapic said. “We should have done that as Ashdod came here to take a point and we wanted to win. However, we just didn’t have enough quality to decide the game and I hope that this will not effect our playoff chances.”

“We didn’t come to take just one point but all three from the first moments of the game,” Ashdod coach Eli Levi responded. “We came into a tough away game at a very difficult stadium and if we count who had more opportunities it was us. I have to give the guys credit after the loss to Maccabi Haifa as to how they came here to play and work very hard.”

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