A stunning 90th minute strike by Hapoel Petah Tikva midfielder Guy
Tzarfati crushed Hapoel Tel Aviv’s title hopes on Monday night.
sensational free-kick from 25 meters out secured Petah Tikva a 1-1 draw
at home against Tel Aviv, which now trails Maccabi Haifa by 11 points
with five matches to go before the gap is cut in half ahead of the
final five games of the season.
Tel Aviv, playing without
midfielder Bibras Natcho, who officially signed for Russian champion
Rubin Kazan on Monday, only has itself to blame for dropping points on
Monday after showing nothing of the form which saw it score 60 goals in
its first 24 league matches of the campaign.
The Reds struggled to create scoring opportunities, but still seemed to
be heading to the victory following Douglas da Silva’s 77th goal.
Bojan Vrucina crossed the ball from the right and after striker Victor
Merey missed his header da Silva popped up on the left post to chest in
However, with the clock winding down, Tzarfati
unleashed an unstoppable strike which gave goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama
no chance and Petah Tikva got the draw it deserved, three months after
losing 7-1 to Tel Aviv.