Elisha Levy 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Maccabi Haifa closed to within just four points of second place in the Premier
League on Sunday night, beating Hapoel Acre 1-0 on the road courtesy of Eyal
Golasa’s fifth-minute goal.
Golasa slotted in the winner with a
first-time strike from the edge of the area from an Alon Turgeman assist and the
reigning champion’s fifth win in its past seven matches moved it back within
striking distance of Hapoel Tel Aviv in second place, which ensures European
“We didn’t play beautiful soccer tonight, but we played
the way we needed to,” said Haifa coach Elisha Levy, who was delighted his
captain Yaniv Katan got to celebrate his 400th league appearance with a
“Acre is a good team and this is a tough stadium to come
to. My players deserve a lot of credit for this result. We made some
changes after our poor start to the season and now the team is
Hapoel Tel Aviv can strengthen its hold on second position when
it hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv in the much-anticipated derby on Monday
It has been a season to forget for both Tel Aviv
Hapoel has won just once in its past six matches, while Maccabi,
which is in eighth place, ended a five-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory
over Acre last week.
The owners of both clubs arrived in Israel to attend
the match, but it is the presence of Hapoel’s Eli Tabib rather than Maccabi’s
Mitch Goldhar which is garnering all the attention.
Hapoel fans have
mounted a campaign to oust Tabib over recent months, claiming he is ruining the
Hundreds of fans awaited his arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport on
Friday holding signs demanding he leaves, but Tabib left through a side exit and
will only experience the wrath of the supports for the first time at Bloomfield
on Monday.Monday on TV: Hapoel Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Tel Aviv (live on
Channel 1 at 8:50 p.m. )