Late flurry leads to dramatic draw between Mac Haifa, Mac TA

The yellow-and-blue dominated the remainder of the match, but Haifa looked to have netted a winner in the 86th minute through substitute Roei Kehat’s header.

By
January 31, 2017 05:19
1 minute read.
Maccabi Tel Aviv striker Vidar Orn Kjartansson (right) celebrates with teammate Yossi Benayoun, with

Maccabi Tel Aviv striker Vidar Orn Kjartansson (right) celebrates with teammate Yossi Benayoun, with the Iceland international scoring twice in last night’s 2-2 draw at Maccabi Haifa. (photo credit: ERAN LUF)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Vidar Orn Kjartansson’s stoppage-time equalizer snatched a 2-2 draw and a point for Maccabi Tel Aviv at Maccabi Haifa last night, but left the yellow-and-blue eight points back of Hapoel Beersheba ahead of their showdown on Saturday.

Haifa took the lead through Omer Damari in the 11th minute, but the visitors scored a deserved equalizer through Kjartansson in the 66th minute.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The yellow-and-blue dominated the remainder of the match, but Haifa looked to have netted a winner in the 86th minute through substitute Roei Kehat’s header.

Maccabi never gave up though and Kjartansson scored his second goal of the night with a stunning strike into the top right corner in the 91st minute.

“We were very sloppy in the first half. We lost a lot of balls in the midfield which gave Haifa a lot of space,” said Maccabi sports director Jordi Cruyff, who continues to guide the team a month after the sacking of coach Shota Arveladze.

“We showed a lot more character in the second half. Overall, we came with the intention of winning and we didn’t achieve that so that is disappointing.”

Despite dropping two points in the title race, Cruyff still believes the yellow-and- blue can catch reigning champion Beersheba.



“This is a marathon. All the teams will lose points and you just have to get a good run together,” he said.

The visitors got off to the better start, with Haifa goalkeeper Ohad Levita maintaining the deadlock with two sensational saves from Barak Itzhaki attempts.

Haifa took the lead in the 11th minute, catching the yellow-and-blue defense napping on the counter attack. Haifa still led from Damari’s opener at the break, and seemed to be heading for three points following Kehat’s strike, which canceled out Kjartansson’s first equalizer.

But the Iceland striker wouldn’t be denied and the yellow-and-blue at least picked up a confidence-boosting point.

Related Content

March against surrogacy law on Ayalon Highway, Tel Aviv, July 22, 2018.
July 22, 2018
Hundreds demonstrate for LGBT rights in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa

By ROCKY BAIER, JERUSALEM POST STAFF