Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Moti Ivanir 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Moti Ivanir’s tenure as Maccabi Tel Aviv coach got off to a winning start on
Saturday, while Maccabi Haifa was held to a 2-2 draw by 10-man Hapoel Beersheba,
ending its six-match winning streak.
Two second half substitutions by
Ivanir were the turning point in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Bnei Sakhnin, with
Roberto Colautti scoring twice after coming on in the 63rd minute and Maor
Buzaglo passing the assist for the second goal three minutes after entering the
match off the bench.
“Anyone who thinks this was an easy match has got it
all wrong,” Ivanir said.
“It is not easy to play in Sakhnin and we won a
very important encounter.”
Maccabi’s new coach wasn’t very pleased with
his team’s level of play, but was delighted with their commitment and
“I said that we might not play very well to start with,
but I promised that I would make the players give their all and they did that
today,” he said.
“I don’t know any other way to succeed.
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Haifa took the lead against Beersheba at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium
through Vladimir Dvalishvili’s goal in the 17th minute. Lior Asulin equalized in
first-half stoppage time, but the hosts were still in the driving seat at the
break following Ricardo Fernandes’ sending off moments later.
Boccoli put Haifa in front yet again in the 55th minute, but just when it seemed
Elisha Levy’s team would go on to cruise to the win, Eran Levy scored for
Beersheba with a free-kick in the 61st minute, and the visitors held on for an
Hapoel Tel Aviv hosts Hapoel Acre on Monday and can
leapfrog Haifa into first position with a victory.
In Sakhnin, Maccabi
took the lead five minutes from the break, with Eliran Atar laying the ball off
for Haris Medunjanin, who coolly slotted in the opener from the edge of the
Sakhnin did not deserve to be a goal down at halftime and it looked
to correct that by going in search of the equalizer as soon as the match
Bulgarian striker Kostadin Hazurov hit the crossbar four minutes
into the second half, but the hosts would finally score a deserved equalizer in
the 57th minute when Ala Abu Saleh made the most of Maccabi’s drowsy defense to
head the ball beyond goalkeeper Liran Strauber.
Ivanir reacted with two
substitutions and his changes would win the match for the
In the 72nd minute, Buzaglo squared the ball for
Colautti, who gave Tel Aviv the lead with a clever finish, with the striker
scoring his third goal in less than a week, eight minutes from time, thanks to a
superb strike from the edge of the area.
Meanwhile, Betar Jerusalem’s
struggles continued on Saturday, with Uri Malmilian’s team losing 2-0 to Maccabi
Petah Tikva at Teddy Stadium.
Yossi Ofir scored the opener in the 39th
minute, with Omer Golan clinching the victory in the 67th minute, extending
Betar’s winless streak to five matches.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona remains just
three points behind Maccabi Tel Aviv, coming back from a goal down to defeat
Hapoel Petah Tikva 3-1 on the road.
Alon Turgeman gave the hosts the lead
after 16 minutes, but Kiryat Shmona would take all three points with three goals
in the second half through Elad Gabay (52), William Njovu (68) and Tomer Swisa
Bnei Yehuda claimed its first win since November on Saturday,
beating Hapoel Haifa 3-2 at Bloomfield Stadium.
Shlomi Levy (28), Pedro
Galvan (49) and Kfir Edri (81) scored for Dror Kashtan’s side, with Eden
Ben-Basat (73) and Hanan Maman (90) netting consolation goals for the
Also Saturday, Hapoel Ashkelon thrashed Hapoel Ramat Gan 4-0
thanks to goals from Serge Ayeli (32), Eric Gawu (37), Snir Goeta (82) and
Mahmoud Abbas (90).
Ashdod SC hosts Maccabi Netanya today.
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