Moti Ivanir 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv settled for a 0-0 draw against Bnei Yehuda at Bloomfield
Stadium on Monday night, remaining in second place in the Premier League
standings, tied on 20 points with arch-rival Hapoel Tel Aviv.
created better chances in the first half, but it failed to convert any of them
and was happy to go home with a single point after defender Roberto Puncec was
sent off in the 56th minute.
“We played well tonight, apart from the fact
that we failed to score goals,” Maccabi coach Moti Ivanir said.
played good soccer and controlled the match and undoubtedly the sending off
changed the momentum and gave Bnei Yehuda the advantage. At the end of the day,
I’m happy we took a point.”
Bnei Yehuda coach Yossi Abuksis was slightly
disappointed at not claiming a win.
“I would have been happy to settle
for a point before the match, but I’m slightly frustrated now,” Abuksis
Bnei Yehuda held its own from the start of the match, with Dino
Ndlovu squandering the first good opportunity of the night in the ninth minute,
fluffing his free header from five meters out.
Maccabi striker Roberto
Colautti could have also done better with his header in the 20th minute, but he
at least forced ’keeper Dele Aiyenugba to a save, with the Nigerian also denying
a free kick from former Bnei Yehuda star Eliran Atar four minutes
Tel Aviv’s best chance of the match arrived one minute from the
break when Colautti found himself with time and space and just Aiyenugba to
beat, but could only send his shot straight at the Nigerian
Dor Micha failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity to
give Maccabi the breakthrough three minutes into the second half when he had the
goal at his mercy but fired right at Aiyenugba.
The match turned on its
head in the 56th minute when Puncec was shown a straight red card after referee Meir Levy harshly decided that the Croatian denied Shalev Menashe a clear
scoring opportunity when he pulled him down outside the box.
Tel Aviv was
happy to settle for a point after that, and it had little trouble holding out
for a draw, with Bnei Yehuda failing to translate its possession into chances.