Reds stun Beitar, Maccabi beats Kiryat Shemona, Haifa wins & More! Israel Football MD24 Highlights & Recaps!

Hapoel Tel Aviv stunned Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 at Teddy Stadium as they continued to make their case for a place in the Championship Playoffs as the victory moved the Reds into 5th place. Omri Altman scored the lone goal of the game via a 9th minute penalty after Beitar central defender Diogo Verdasca was whistled for a dangerous play in the box on Eyad Abu Abid. The Reds then buttoned down the hatch and defended for the balance of the contest limiting to the yellow-and-black to very few chances as Nir Klinger and Hapoel took the 3-points back to Tel Aviv.

Maccabi Haifa beat Hapoel Hadera 1-0 on a Nikita Rukavytsya goal at Sammy Ofer Stadium. Hadera hung tough throughout the contest despite being reduced to ten men in the 27th minute when Dia Lababidi was handed his second yellow card and was sent off for the balance of the game. However, Rukavytsya took a Yarden Shua ball with his back to the goal, turned and blasted the ball past a helpless Austin Ejide for his league leading 15th goal of the season to give the Greens the 3-points and the win.

Maccabi Tel Aviv blanked Kiryat Shemona 3-0 with all three goals coming in the final quarter hour of the contest by three different goal scorers. After a scoreless first 75 minutes at Bloomfield Stadium, Yonatan Cohen slammed home a fabulous 18 meter free kick to give the yellow-and-blue a 1-0 advantage. Cohen then played facilitator with a cross that Omer Atzily put behind keeper Gad Amos is the 83rd minute while Chico Ofoedu scored three minutes later thanks to an Atzily assist to wrap up the victory.

Hapoel Beer Sheva slipped by Bnei Yehuda 1-0 at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. The Southern side’s head coach Yossi Abuksis came back to haunt is former club and pick up the win. The game remained goalless until the 79th minute when Beer Sheva midfielder Josue lifted a free kick into the box and it went off of Bnei Yehuda defender Amir Rustum and behind Emilias Zoubas for an own goal as the visitors took home the 3-points.

Ashdod downed Hapoel Kfar Saba 3-1 at the Moshava Stadium. Dean David gave the port city squad a quick 1-0 lead in the 2nd minute while Sagiv Yehezkel doubled the advantage with an easy strike in the box in the 30th minute. Omer Fadida pulled a goal back for the hosts in the 53rd minute but just as the Greens were gaining momentum Sodiq Atanda was issued his second yellow card and ejected from the match in the 60th minute leaving Ofir Naim’s side with ten men for the final thirty minutes of play. Recently acquired winger Jimmy Marin beat Kfar Saba keeper Itamar Israeli in the 86th minute to wrap up the victory for Ran Ben Shimon’s team.

Sektzia Nes Tziona overwhelmed struggling Hapoel Raanana 3-0 as Raz Stain scored a brace to help secure the three points for his squad. Stain scored his first goal of the game on a 37th minute penalty and added his second off a rebound in the 58th minute. Sabien Lilaj finished the masterpiece as he scored the third and final goal for the hosts.

Maccabi Netanya and Hapoel Haifa played to a 0-0 draw at the Netanya Stadium as the squads split the points.

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