Nes Ziona draws at Maccabi TLV, Ashdod stuns Hapoel TLV + the rest of the Israeli soccer action

Nov 5, 2022 | Football

At Bloomfield Stadium, Sektzia Nes Ziona surprised Maccabi Tel Aviv drawing 1-1 with only 9 players as each side took a point. Eyal Golasa opened the scoring as he nodded home an Ofir Davidzada cross in the 20th minute while less than ten minutes later Nes Ziona were reduced to ten men when Muhammed Osman was issued a red card for tangling up Dor Peretz.

However, despite being a man down, Yoni Stoyanov found the equalizer just before the break to know the score up at 1-1. Freddy Plumain was handed his second yellow card of the match late in the second half, leaving the visitors with only 9 players but the yellow-and-blue couldn’t find a way get the ball past Yossi Ginzburg as the teams split the points.

Maccabi assistant coach Milos Veselinovic was on the sidelines for the match as head coach Vladen Ivic was suspended after receiving a red card last week, spoke about the disappointing draw, “This was our worst game, the worst result and the worst moment for us. We missed many chances and I can’t say that we played poorly. We gave up the goals at a moment where we were not focused.”

“We lost a player right at the start of the game, but this was a terrific performance by the team just like a championship,” Nes Ziona coach Nir Berkovic said. “I will have to see how we lost the two players to red cards but no matter these guys played like real men that wanted this result and played that way for 90 minutes.”

Ashdod slipped by Hapoel Tel Aviv 1-0 as Ebenezer Mamatah scored on a break in the 92nd minute to snatch the win and the 3-points.

“This was a game of two halves,” began Hapoel coach Slobodan Drapic. “The first half we were much better and played well but the substitutes in the second half just didn’t work. I accept the responsibility and sometimes substitutes just don’t work out, but we have another game coming up so we can’t be upset for too long.”

“You don’t understand how close the game of soccer is as this game could have gone either way,” Ashdod coach Ran Ben Shimon said. “We weren’t good enough in the first half but at the end of the ay you need to win games sometimes with character. The table is very close and this was a very important win for us as we close in on the break.”

Hapoel Hadera continued their fine play this season as they downed Maccabi Netanya 3-1 to take the 3-points. Ido Levi jumped all over a juicy rebound to give Asaf Nimni’s squad an early lead while Saar Fadida doubled the advantage as he dribbled into the box and put the ball by Itamar Nitzan for a 2-0 lead in the 20th minute. A Philip Ipole own goal just minutes later pulled Netanya to 2-1 but Fadida completed a brace when he slotted the ball into the corner of the goal in the 29th minute to hand his side the points and the win.

“There are good things going on here at Hapoel Hadera,” Hadera coach Asaf Nimni said. “There are times I am overcome by joy and emotions but then I have to realize that we have a big goal in front of us and this game was yet another point that we moved past towards that goal.”

“I’m really sorry for the fans,” Netanya coach Benny Lam said. “We played well in the first half and we had many chances but they ended up scoring three goals on three shots, but that’s soccer. I am not giving up and I will be here at lest until the World Cup break.”

Hapoel Haifa blanked Hapoel Jerusalem 1-0 as Alon Turgeman scored the lone goal of the match in the second half to give the Carmel Reds the win and the 3-points.

“This was my first win and the first for the team in ten games so we are very happy,” Haifa coach Roni Levy explained. “We had lost of our confidence and everything was difficult so it was very important to record this victory. Jerusalem is a very strong team that has won many games and we knew it would be a tough battle.”

“We knew that Haifa would come into this game with good momentum,” Jerusalem coach Ziv Arie said. “We played well defensively and we tried to go on counter attacks. We didn’t have a great game and they took advantage of your mistake. Hopefully we will respond with a win against Maccabi Tel Aviv but they ate a very tough team.”

Bnei Sakhnin and Kiryat Shemona drew 1-1 as the two squads split the points. Beram Kayal gave visiting Bnei Sakhnin a 1-0 lead off a rebound in the 11th minute, but Roie Harel found the equalizer late in the game to take a point.

“We didn’t begin the game well and we gave up a quick goal off a break,” Kiryat Shemona coach Menachem Koretzky explained. “We had a tough time recently but I am happy that we were able to stop the run of losses. I hope that this will help us get back on track, I believe in this team.”

“The goal we gave up cost us the win,” a disappointed Haim Silvas said. “We came into this game very stressed after three poor results. We fought and battled and we did what we needed to in the first half but in the second half we couldn’t take advantage of our opportunities to score a second goal. We thought it would come but it never did and then we gave up a crazy goal.”

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