Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Netanya played to a goalless draw at Bloomfield Stadium. The yellow-and-blue dominated play but had four goals called off by the referee and via the VAR (Virtual Assistant Referee) which led to a disappointing result for Vladimir Ivic’s side. Omer Atzili looked to have given Maccabi Tel Aviv a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute but the goal was ruled to be offside. Eight minutes later, an active Atzili went into the box with the ball as youngster Eylon Almog scored, but Itay Shechter was called for a foul on Netanya’s keeper Dani Amos. In the 37th minute Almog once again found the back of the goal but saw his marker called off as he committed a foul and in the 52nd minute the fourth goal was called off when Aztili brought the ball down with his hand and then beat Amos to no avail.
Beitar Jerusalem and Ashdod played to an entertaining 2-2 draw in driving rain at the port city. Dean David stunned the visitors with a 1st minute goal putting a rebound behind black-and-yellow keeper Itamar Nitzan for a quick 1-0 lead. Freddy Plumain had a chance to draw Roni Levy’s side even with a 29th minute penalty kick after Gadi Kinda had been pulled down in the box but his poor shot was taken care of by Ashdod shot stopper Roie Mishpati. However, just before halftime Plumain made up for his miscue when he took care of a Kinda assist to level the score at 1-1 after 45 minutes. Sagiv Yehezkel put Ashdod in front in the 60th minute taking care of a magnificent through ball to give the hosts a 2-1 advantage but just before second half injury time Levi Garcia ripped by the Ashdod defense to put the ball behind Mishpati to split the points.
Maccabi Haifa visited Hapoel Beer Sheva and took home a convincing 2-0 win at Toto Turner Stadium. Neta Lavi scored a magnificent goal in the 7th minute to give the Greens a 1-0 lead with a fabulous strike that beat keeper Ernestas Setkus to the far corner. Just before the break Tjaron Chery added an insurance marker when the Dutchman took a terrific Yuval Ashkenazi through ball and put it into the goal for a 2-0 advantage and the win.
Hapoel Haifa drubbed Bnei Yehuda 3-0 at Sammy Ofer Stadium as Haim Silvas’s squad moved into sixth place. Niso Capiloto headed home the Carmel Reds first goal off a Gigi Kanuk cross at the stroke of halftime to take a 1-0 lead. Haifa continued with their momentum at the start of the second half and extended their lead via Eden Ben Basat who pounded home a rebound while Gal Arel finished off the symphony with a 74th minute penalty.
Hapoel Raanana and Hapoel Kfar Saba drew 1-1 at the Moshava Stadium as Menachem Koretzky’s Raanana squad moved beneath the red line and into the relegation zone. Kayes Ganem broke the scoreless deadlock in the 35th minute as the ball just crossed the goal lone but Omer Fadida put home a Benjamin Kuku cross to split the points in the second half.
Hapoel Tel Aviv got by Hapoel Hadera 1-0 as Omri Altman scored in the 23rd minute to give Nir Klinger’s side the win. Altman took advantage of an Orel Degani assist to for the lone marker of the clash as VAR was needed to confirm the strike as the Reds took all 3-points.
Kiryat Shemona slipped by Sektzia Ness Tziona 1-0 on an 87th goal by James Adeniyi to take all three points up north. The win moved Kobi Refuah’s side out of the league’s basement and into 11th place.