Maccabi TA soccer 248.88.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Maccabi Tel Aviv set up a mouth-watering top-of the-table clash against Maccabi Netanya next week by beating Bnei Sakhnin 3-2 in a dramatic encounter at Kiryat Eliezer on Saturday.
Maccabi Tel Aviv controlled the first half but owed its dominance to some wretched defending by the home side.
In the 14th minute, Dulee Johnson played a fabulous pass to Yannick Kamanan, who floated the ball coolly over Sakhnin keeper Meir Cohen into the net.
Before Sakhnin could reorganize, it found itself two goals down. Maor Buzaglo latched on to a long ball after ghosting behind Sakhnin's Mahran Abu Raiya, and he clipped the ball over Cohen and into the far corner.
Sakhnin came back into the game after 56 minutes. Igor TomasË‡icÂ´ tried to nonchalantly head a long punt by Paty Yeye Lenkebe back to keeper Dragoslav Jevric, but the Maccabi defender missed the ball and Robertas PosË‡kus lobbed JevricÂ´ to score.
Suddenly, Sakhnin looked a different side and equalized after 64 minutes when it capitalized on another goalkeeping error. TomasË‡icÂ´ flapped at a Yaniv Luzon free kick and the ball broke to Okocha, who scooped the ball in over the keeper's head.
Maccabi regained the lead with 15 minutes to play when Johnson chipped the ball down the left to substitute Rudy Hadad, whose first time cross was slotted in by Ilya Yavruyan.
Hapoel Tel Aviv 3,
Hapoel Petah Tikva 2
An unconvincing Hapoel Tel Aviv recorded its first win of the season Saturday in an exciting game at Bloomfield Stadium.
The home side fell behind after 42 minutes, when man-of-the-match Junior Viza found Shimon Abuhatzera, who poked the ball under Tel Aviv keeper Vincent Enyeama and into the net.
Hapoel drew level after 58 minutes when Yigal Antebi clipped the ball into Samuel Yeboah who swiveled brilliantly and smashed it home.
In the 71st minute, the home side took the lead. Shay Abutbul crossed from the right and an unmarked Eran Zehavi slotted the ball in, beating Petah Tikva keeper Shavit Elimelech.
However, Tel Aviv's lead lasted just two minutes. After some great work by Viza, M'peti Nimba's strong shot was saved by Enyeama, but Abuhatzera scored the rebound.
Dimitar Telkiyski won the game for Tel Aviv with four minutes left, when he curled a wonderful free kick into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Bnei Yehuda 0,
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1
Bnei Yehuda coach Guy Luzon was visibly frustrated Saturday afternoon after his team lost a match it should have won comfortably.
The only goal of the game came in the 82nd minute when Bnei Yehuda keeper Dele Aiyenugba miss-kicked a back-pass from Kfir Edri and Kiyrat Shmona striker Omer Peretz poked the ball into the net under pressure.
Until then, the home side had totally dominated proceedings and could have been four or five up had it not been for some wayward finishing.
Tomer Hemed had the pick of the chances, skewing the ball horribly wide midway through the first half after his turn past Salah Hasarma put him one-on-one with Kiryat Shmona keeper Danny Amos.
He missed an equally golden opportunity on the stroke of half time, chipping the ball straight into Amos's arms after being played through by Tamir Kahlon.
Apart from the silky skills of Jair CÃ©spedes, Kiryat Shmona created little in the game, until Aiyenugba's blunder gave the northern outfit its first goal of the campaign.
Maccabi Netanya 2,
Ashdod SC 1
An injury-time goal by Dedi Ben Dayan won the match for Netanya and kept Lothar MatthÃ¤us's side at the top of table.
Netanya went 1-0 up after 49 minutes when Ben Dayan headed in a Daniel Humberto corner, but five minutes from time, the table-topper seemed to have blown it when Ashdod's Amir Lavi smashed in a 20-meter shot, which nestled into the net off the bar.
Ben Dayan got his second in the 94th minute when he cracked in a shot from the left of the penalty area.
Maccabi Petah Tikva 1,
Hakoach Amidar Ramat Gan 0
Petah Tikva took the points in a disappointing game which left Hakoach still without a league win this season. The only goal of the game came in the 23rd minute when Pablo Bastianini broke clear down the right and cut the ball back to Lior Asulin. Robert Badjie could only parry the Maccabi striker's shot and Omer Buchsenbaum capitalized to score.
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