MACCABI HAIFA defender Taleb Tawatha (Top)_150.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Maccabi Haifa remained one point back of Bnei Yehuda in the Premier League
standings after the two teams ended Sunday night’s showdown at Bloomfield
Stadium in a 0-0 deadlock.
Both sides had their chances to score, but
were equally wasteful in front of goal and the battle for a top-eight finish and
a place in the championship playoffs is now even tighter.
points separate Bnei Yehuda in fifth and Maccabi Tel Aviv in 10th, with four
more matches to be played until the league is split into two
“Last week we had 17 shots on goal and tonight we hardly had
any,” Haifa coach Elisha Levy said. “We need to show a lot more motivation to
win on the road. We have steadied the ship in recent weeks, but it is about time
we also begin to win away from home.”
On Monday, Eli Cohen begins his
third tenure as Betar Jerusalem coach against Maccabi Tel Aviv at Teddy
Betar enters the match just one point off the relegation zone
after being leapfrogged by Hapoel Haifa on Saturday and Jerusalem will first and
foremost be looking to end its barren spell on Monday, failing to score a goal
in its last four matches in all competitions.
“The future of the club
depends on every one of you,” Cohen told the players on Sunday. “Maccabi is far
from its best and has its weaknesses.
“Everyone knows we are going
through a rough period, but we can change this, starting with the game against