MACCABI NETANYA 370.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Six teams will enter next weekend in danger of being demoted from the Premier
League after the battle against relegation took another unexpected twist on
Hapoel Ramat Gan was relegated just one season after
gaining promotion on Saturday, with its fate being sealed with a 2-1 defeat at
“This is extremely painful,” said Hapoel Ramat Gan coach Eli
Cohen. “We didn’t always manage to translate our good performances to results
and it has cost us.”
Guy Dayan (24) and Ohad Kadusi (50) rendered Ran
Itzhak’s (69) goal meaningless and ensured Acre will be able to guarantee
another season in the top flight with a win at Hapoel Haifa next
In fact, Hapoel Haifa (38 points), Beitar Jerusalem (38),
Hapoel Beersheba (38), Acre (36), Bnei Sakhnin (36) and Maccabi Netanya (35)
have all got their fate in their own hands but will endure an especially tense
week knowing that they could find themselves in the National League after their
final matches of the season next Saturday.
There are 27 different
scenarios for next weekend, but as things currently stand, Netanya sits in 13th
place which leads to the second division despite defeating Beitar Jerusalem 3-1
at Teddy Stadium on Saturday.
Avi Rikan gave Beitar the lead in the 15th
minute with a splendid strike from 20 meters out, but goals from Firas Mugrabi
(28), Yossi Shivhon (43) and Ahmed Saba (80) gave the visitors all three points
and seriously complicated Jerusalem’s situation once more.
at least enter its home match against Hapoel Beersheba next week knowing a win
will see it maintain its Premier League status.
A draw would also be
enough for Netanya should Bnei Sakhnin lose at home to Beitar Jerusalem or Acre
lose at Haifa.
“We have got our fate in our hands, but we must win,” said
Netanya coach Reuven Atar. “We will be playing for an entire
Sakhnin could only manage a 1-1 draw at Ashdod SC on Saturday.
Yero Bello gave Sakhnin the lead in the 14th minute, but Shay Maimon equalized
for the hosts 14 minutes later.
Beitar can afford to lose by a single
goal at Sakhnin, but a defeat by more than one goal and victories for Netanya
and for Acre at Haifa could see Jerusalem relegated on goal
Hapoel Beersheba moved tied on 38 points with Beitar and
Haifa with a 2-0 victory over the latter on Saturday thanks to goals from
Nicolas Falczuk (31) and Dovev Gabai (89).
In the championships playoffs,
Bnei Yehuda beat Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1-0 courtesy of Adam Hrepka’s 33rd-minute
Hapoel Tel Aviv hosts Hapoel Ramat Hasharon on Sunday, with
Maccabi Tel Aviv’s first match since being crowned champion to be against
Maccabi Haifa at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium on Monday.