Maccabi Tel Aviv rolled over Beitar Jerusalem 4-1 and moved into first place with the dominant victory. Itay Schecter scored his first goal since September when he opened the scoring for the defending champions in the 28th minute. Yarden Shua headed in an own goal early on in the second half to double the yellow-and-blue lead while Enric Saborit slotted home a penalty after a reckless foul by Beitar defender Tal Ben Haim took down Dor Peretz in the box. Michael Ohana pulled a goal back for Beitar but Avi Rikan sent a scorcher into the top left hand corner of Itamar Nitzan’s goal to wrap up the 4-1 win.
Maccabi Petah Tikva shocked Maccabi Haifa 2-0 at Sammy Ofer Stadium. Guy Luzon’s squad controlled the tempo of the game from the get go and took the lead in the second half on an Eyad Habshi own goal in the 62nd minute and added an insurance marker via Tai Baribo twenty minutes later to wrap up the 3-points.
Hapoel Tel Aviv clipped Hapoel Beer Sheva 1-0 in the southern capital as Eyad Abu Oded scored the decisive goal of the game giving Nir Klinger’s squad the 3-points and the win.
Maccabi Netanya slipped by Bnei Yehuda 1-0 on a second half goal by Yuval Sadeh as the midfielder nodded home a Gaby Kanichowsky corner kick in the 60th minute to give Raymond Atteveld’s squad the 3 points and the win.
Kiryat Shemona downed Bnei Sakhnin 2-0 at Doha Stadium in the Galilee to take the 3-points for Kobi Refuah’s club. After a goalless first half Eugene Ansah broke the ice in the 54th minute with a header while he began the play on Ofir Mizrachi’s insurance marker to wrap up the victory.
Ashdod and Hapoel Hadera ended in a 1-1 draw at the port city as the sides split the points. Liran Rotman gave visiting Hadera a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute but were reduced to ten men just ahead of the break when Dia Lababidi was issued his second yellow card. Ran Ben Shimon’s squad pressed Hadera throughout the second half and finally broke through when Fahad Bayo found the back of the goal against Menachem Koretzky’s stingy defense earn as each team took a point.
Hapoel Kfar Saba and Hapoel Haifa played to a dry goalless draw as the sides split the points.