Maccabi wins Tel Aviv Derby, Haifa drops Beer Sheva, Raanana relegated & More! Highlights & Recaps Israel Football MD31 CP, MD30 RP

Maccabi Tel Aviv won yet another Tel Aviv Derby as the yellow-and-blue beat Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-0. Eylon Almog was the star of the show with a goal and an assist as Vladimir Ivic’s squad who haven’t lost to their city rivals since 2014. After a goalless first half, Almog with his back to the goal at the top of the box, fed Avi Rikan a gorgeous ball that he slotted behind Reds keeper Arik Yanko for 1-0 lead. The same Almog doubled the score with a goal of his won off a beautiful Dor Peretz pass in the 91st minute to move that much closer to clinching the league championship.

Maccabi Haifa downed Hapoel Beer Sheva 1-0 as the Greens won their first Championship Playoff game. Tjaron Chery’s 52nd minute penalty was saved by Beer Sheva keeper Ernestas Setkus, but the midfielder made up for his miss when he sent Sintayehu Sallaich a beauty of a ball in the 77th minute that he blasted into the back of the Reds goal for the lone marker of the contest.

Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Haifa played to a 1-1 draw at Teddy Stadium in the nation’s capital as the yellow-and-black are still looking for their first win in the Championship Playoffs. The host’s struck first when a Saar Fadida handball in the box led to a Freddy-Ange Plumain penalty for a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute. However, Roni Levy’s team couldn’t hold onto the advantage as Almog Bozaglo’s 79th minute attempt went off of defender Diogo Verdasca and squirted by a helpless Itamar Nitzan for the tying goal and a split of the points.

Sektzia Nes Ziona defeated Hapoel Raanana 2-1 as a 95th Dor Kochav goal not only gave Lior Zada’s squad 3 points, but also relegated the Sharon side to the second division. Raz Stain opened the scoring for Nes Ziona with a 44th minute penalty goal but an 87th minute strike by 19 year old Golan Beni in his debut knotted the score up a 1-1 as it looked like the contest was headed to ending in a draw. However, Kochav had different plans as he put the ball past Niv Antman to score the dramatic winner as time was just about to run out to snatch the points and remain in the race to stave off relegation themselves.

Maccabi Netanya needed a pair of late goals to drop ten men Hapoel Hadera 2-1 as Slobodan Drapic’s team took the 3 points. Hadera midfielder Solomon Daniel was issued a red card in the 26th minute after a reckless tackle on Omri Gendelman. But it would be Sharon Mimer’s Hadera to find the back of the goal first as Lucio gave the host’s a surprising 1-0 lead. However, a Hen Ezra stunner in the 80th minute and a Guy Melamed header just two minutes later gave the visitors the win.

Ashdod and Beni Yehuda played to a dramatic 3-3 draw as Dor Jan scored in the 90th minute for Elisha Levy’s squad to split the points. Ashdod took a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Dean David and Yakov Berihon but a Roie Ben Shimon brace knotted the score up midway through the second half. Hamza Moasi found the back of the goal in his debut at the 76th minute to give Ashdod a 3-2 lead but Jan’s heroics helped each side to a point a piece.

Hapoel Kfar Saba and Kiryat Shemona split the points in a goalless draw.

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