Despite trailing Bnei Yehuda until the 90th minute, a Dovev Gabai winner in the
fourth minute of stoppage time gave Hapoel Beersheba a dramatic 2-1 victory at
Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday night.
Amir Agajev handed Bnei Yehuda the
lead in the 47th minute, but Maor Buzaglo curled the ball into the back of the
net with his free kick from 20 meters out in the 90th minute before providing
the assist for Gabai’s header four minutes later to keep alive Beersheba’s
Premier League title hopes.
Beersheba, which also erased a 1-0 deficit to
beat Bnei Yehuda 2-1 in the final five minutes of their first meeting of the
season in September, closed to within three points of league-leader Maccabi Tel
Aviv, which visits Ironi Kiryat Shmona on Monday.
“Everything is going
our way this season,” said Beersheba’s beaming coach Elisha Levy. “We believe in
ourselves and we want to do whatever we can to remain as close as possible to
Two goals in seven second half minutes gave Maccabi Haifa a 2-1
victory over Bnei Sakhnin at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium on Saturday, bringing the
Greens within two points of third place.
Haifa claimed just its second
win in its past five matches thanks to goals from Hen Ezra (49) and Shoval
Gozlan (55), with Mohamed Kalibat netting a 77th-minute consolation goal from
the penalty spot for Sakhnin, which remained in third place despite suffering
its second straight loss.
After losing five and drawing one of its first
six road games of the campaign, Ashdod SC finally recorded its first away
victory on Saturday, coming twice from behind to beat Hapoel Ramat Hasharon
Ben Reichert (11) gave the hosts the lead before Bentzi Moshel (49)
equalized, only for Hasan Sayaf (53) to put Ramat Hasharon back in front four
minutes later. However, David Solari (68) and Alexander Davidov (82) would
complete the comeback, sending Ramat Hasharon back to the relegation
Maccabi Petah Tikva leapfrogged Ramat Hasharon courtesy of a 3-1
win at Hapoel Acre. Marwan Kabha gave Petah Tikva the lead in the first minute
and Victor Merey (37) and Pedro Galvan (48) secured the three points before
Elior Syder (70) netted a consolation goal for the hosts.
Jerusalem squandered two precious points on Saturday, drawing 1-1 with Hapoel
Ra’anana at Teddy Stadium.
Aviram Bruchian handed Beitar the lead in the
second minute, but the visitors would grab a share of the spoils thanks to Ben
Malka’s goal one minute from time.
All of Saturday’s matches began with
one minute’s silence in honor of Arik Sharon.
Hapoel Tel Aviv hosts
Hapoel Haifa on Sunday.