Mac TA opens 8-point gap after late drama
By ALLON SINAI
Yellow-and-blue beat Ramat Gan 1-0 thanks to Levy’s late save; Netanya stuns Hap TA.
A 94th-minute penalty save by goalkeeper Barak Levy clinched a 1-0 victory for
Maccabi Tel Aviv over Hapoel Ramat Gan at the National Stadium on Saturday
night, extending the yellow-and-blue’s gap at the top of the Premier League
standings to eight points.
Maccabi entered the match on the back of a
four-game winless streak on the road, and it was far from convincing once more
However, Maharan Radi gave the yellowand- blue the lead in
the 54th minute and Levy ensured it picked up all three points by saving Israel
Zaguri’s penalty four minutes into stoppage time after referee Guy Berger
determined that Shiran Yeini blocked the ball with his hand.
increased its lead in the table to eight points after Hapoel Tel Aviv crashed to
a humbling 3-0 home-defeat to Maccabi Netanya at Bloomfield Stadium, its third
Hapoel entered the match ravaged by injuries and
suspensions, but it should still have never been completely outplayed by
Netanya, which clinched the win by the break.
Dragan Ceran gave Netanya
the lead in the ninth minute and his free-kick in the 27th minute also found the
back of the net after taking a deflection off Hapoel’s Shay
Ahmed Saba took Netanya’s lead to 3-0 with a penalty in
first-half stoppage time, with Hapoel ‘keeper Boris Klieman being sent off for
the foul on Firas Mugrabi, ending any hope the hosts may have had even before
the second half began.
Maccabi hosts Hapoel in the Tel Aviv derby next
Monday in a showdown from which there could be no return for the
Maccabi Haifa can close back to within five points of the
yellow-and-blue with a win over Bnei Yehuda at Bloomfield Stadium on
Hapoel Beersheba put some real distance between itself and the
relegation zone on Saturday, beating Ashdod SC 1-0 for its third straight
Dovev Gabai scored the only goal of the match in the 55th minute and
Ashdod dropped to its seventh defeat in the past 10 matches.
also eased its relegation worries on Saturday, beating Hapoel Haifa 3-1 at
Kiryat Eliezer Stadium.
Allah Abu Saleh (32), Ahmed Kasoum (49) and Yero
Bello (60) scored for Sakhnin, with Dusan Brkovic netting a consolation goal for
Hapoel Acre remained at the bottom of the standings on Saturday,
but it picked up a precious point, drawing 1-1 with Ironi Kiryat Shmona thanks
to Ohad Kadusi’s stoppage-time goal.
Dusan Matovic gave Kiryat Shmona a
77th-minute lead, but Kadusi’s header ensured coach Yuval Naim’s tenure got off
to a positive start after replacing the sacked Shimon Hadari on
On Sunday, Betar Jerusalem visits Hapoel Ramat Hasharon, with new
Chechen recruits Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev not expected to play.