Maccabi Tel Aviv takes Israeli Classico with late penalty, Hapoel TLV downs Beitar, Ashdod smashes Bnei Yehuda

Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Maccabi Haifa 2-1 in the Israeli Classico as Aleksandar Pešić slotted home a 95th minute injury time penalty to snatch the 3-points. With the victory the yellow-and-blue closed the gap to the Greens at the top of the table to just 5 points as the championship race is on.

The game started on the wrong foot for Maccabi Tel Aviv as Dolev Haziza lofted a ball into the yellow-and-blue box that went off of both Itay Shechter and Shahar Piven that went behind the keeper Daniel Tenenbaum for an own goal in the 19th minute. However, just one minute later Matan Hozez played a perfect ball to Tal Ben Chaim who beat Greens keeper Josh Cohen to level the score at 1-1.

As the tension built throughout the game with both sides creating a number of quality chances, Haifa defender Bogdan Planic tripped up Matan Hozez in the area as the Maccabi winger fell to the ground handing the hosts a 95th minute penalty. Aleksandar Pešić confidently stepped up and slammed it into the goal to give Maccabi Tel Aviv the critical victory.

Maccabi Petah Tikva slipped by Hapoel Haifa 2-1 as Liel Abada once again scored an injury time goal to complete the comeback and snatch the win. William Agada gave the Carmel Reds and early 1-0 lead, but Tai Baribo drew Guy Luzon’s squad even in the 85th minute. But who else would come to the rescue but the new Israeli starlet Abada as he pounded the ball home in the 91st minute to give Petah Tikva the victory.

Hapoel Tel Aviv downed Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 in the capital city. Omri Altman finished off a brilliant individual play by Osher Davida as Nir Klinger’s team shutdown the yellow-and-black to record the victory.

Ashdod walloped Bnei Yehuda 4-0 as four different players scored in the win for Ran Ben Shimon’s squad. Dean David nodded home a Shlomi Azoulay corner in the 25th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead going into the break. Mohammad Kna’an and Fahad Bayo each scored as the other assisted on the pair of goals to give Ashdod a 3-0 advantage as Yakov Brihen finished the game off with a late strike to finish off struggling Bnei Yehuda.

Hapoel Beer Sheva squeaked by Hapoel Hadera 1-0 thanks to a late goal by David Keltjens to take the points for Yossi Abuksis’s squad. The southern Reds were playing for the first time back at their home stadium, Toto Turner after renovations were made to the facility’s roof and it took until the 75th minute until they finally broke the ice back on familiar turf. Ramzi Safuri sent a cross into the box that Keltjens got a his head on to put by keeper Robi Levkovich to hand the hosts the win.

Maccabi Netanya got by Hapoel Kfar Saba 1-0 on as Kevaughn Frater scored a first half injury time goal thanks to an assist by Hen Ezra to take the 3 points.

Bnei Sakhnin beat Hapoel Beer Sheva 1-0 on a 75th minute goal by Beram Kayal to take the points.

Kiryat Shemona downed Hapoel Hadera 1-0 on a 42nd minute strike by Eugene Ansah as Hadera coach Sharon Mimer was relieved of his duties following the game.

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