Maccabi Tel Aviv blasted Hapoel Hadera 3-0 at the Netanya Stadium to maintain their 4-point lead atop the table over Maccabi Haifa. Central defender Eitan Tibi who is having a dream season scored a late game brace with both goals coming via headers marking the first time ever a yellow-and-blue defender had scored a pair of goals with their head in a league contest. Vladimir Ivic’s squad took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute when Chico Ofoedu nodded home the first goal off a Eyal Golasa cross into the box. Tibi headed in his first goal of the game in the 87th minute thanks to a corner kick by Omer Atzili and then repeated the feat three minutes later under the same circumstances.
Maccabi Haifa thumped Sektzia Nes Tziona 4-0 at Sammy Ofer Stadium with all four goals coming in the second half after the visitors being reduced to 10-men due to Shai Elias’ red card. Trent Sainsbury opened the scoring when he tapped in the first goal past a helpless Omri Glazer in the 51st minute.
Nikita Rukavytsya scored his league leading 13th strike twenty minutes later when he took advantage of a poor clearance pass by Glazer while substitute Yarden Shua found the back of the goal in the 82nd minute thanks to a Dolev Haziza assist. Ofri Arad put the cherry on top of the victory in the 90th minute when Haziza delivered another beauty of a ball that the defender out home to wrap up the 4-0 win.
Hapoel Tel Aviv downed Hapoel Raanana 3-1 to move into the championship playoff picture as Stefan Spirovski scored a brace to lead the Reds to the victory. The North Macedonian beat Raanana keeper Asaf Tzur in the 29th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. But Yoav Tomer drew his side even right before the halftime break as he stole the ball from Raz Shlomo and put it behind Reds shot stopper Arik Yanko. However, Omri Altman out home a rebound in the 65th minute to give Nir Klinger’s squad a 2-1 advantage and Spirovski scored a header 15 minutes later to give Tel Aviv a tidy 3-1 win.
Beitar Jerusalem handily defeated Maccabi Netanya 3-1 as speedy winger Levi Garcia scored a pair of goals to help the Roni Levy’s squad to the 3-points. In a game played in driving rain, Garcia opened the scoring in the 40th minute but the visitors drew even just a minute later via a Fatos Beciraj header as the sides went into the break knotted up at 1-1. However, Garcia found the back of Dani Amos’s goal once again in the 68th minute to take the lead for good while Dan Einbinder added an insurance marker five minutes later to give Beitar the 3-1 win.
Hapoel Beer Sheva slipped by Hapoel Haifa 1-0 at Turner Stadium in the southern capital. Second half substitute Ramzi Safuri beat Haifa keeper Jasmin Buric in the 73rd minute to give Yossi Abuksis his first win as the Beer Sheva coach.
Ashdod defeated Kiryat Shemona 1-0 at the port city as Nir Bardea scored the lone goal of the contest off a header thanks to a Shlomi Azulay assist to take all three points.
Dor Jan scored in the 82nd minute to give Bnei Yehuda a 1-0 win over Hapoel Kfar Saba as coach Elisha Levy picked up his first points in charge of the club.