Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Maccabi Petah Tikva 3-1 as Eduardo Guerrero scored a late second half brace to capture the 3-points. Aleksandar Pesic gave the yellow-and-blue a 1-0 lead as he pounded home a long rebound off of keeper Arik Yanko in the first half. However, starlet Liel Abada found the equalizer in the 66th minute after he cleaned up his teammate Morgan Ferrier’s missed opportunity. But just as it looked like the teams would split the points, youngster Eduardo Guerrero stepped up and scored a brilliant strike from just outside of the box in the 86th minute and then added the insurance marker on a counter attack to hand the defending champions the points to stay atop the table.
Maccabi Haifa visited Ashdod and came away with a 3-0 win to stay just one point behind Maccabi Tel Aviv. Omer Atzili scored a pair of goals while Yuval Ashkenazi scored as well in the victory for Barak Bachar’s squad.
Almog Buzaglo scored an injury time equalizer for Bnei Yehuda to draw 1-1 at Bnei Sakhin in a critical relegation playoff clash. Hagay Goldenberg found the back of the goal with a gorgeous right footed curling 15 meter strike to put the hosts ahead in the 23rd minute at Doha Stadium as it looked that Sharon Mimer’s squad would notch the win. However, Almog Buzaglo had other plans as he scored from in close in the 91st minute to split the points.
Kiryat Shemona and Hapoel Beer Sheva played to a 1-1 draw up north in pouring rain. Lucio found the back of the goal early on in the first half thanks to a nice team play to give the hosts the advantage. However, Josue scored perhaps the goal of the season from 18 meters out after controlling the ball off of his chest in the 75th minute to give his team a point.
Hapoel Kfar Saba fell to Hapoel Hadera 2-1 as the Sharon Greens moved closer to being relegated to the Leumit League as they sit in the cellar of the top division. Gustavo Marmentini opened the scoring when he took a terrific Maxim Plakuschenko ball and put it behind Matan Zalmanovitch right before the halftime break while Odah Marshall doubled the advantage in the second half to give Menachem Koretzky’s a commanding 2-0 lead. Or Dasa pulled a goal back but it wasn’t enough as Hadera took the 3-points.
Maccabi Netanya slipped by Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 on a 3rd minute goal by Gaby Kanichowsky to take the 3-points.
Hapoel Haifa blanked Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-0 to get the Elisha Levy era off to a positive start with a win. After missing two excellent chances earlier in the match, William Agada finally found the back of the goal when he took a perfect through ball from Alon Turgeman and put it past Reds keeper Ernestas Setkus for a 1-0 lead just before the break. Turgeman once again assisted on a Haifa strike when he fed Hanan Maman in the 79th minute to double the advantage and take the 3-points.