Maccabi Tel Aviv Soccer.
(photo credit: Maccabi Tel Aviv website)
Maccabi Tel Aviv rebounded from last week’s loss in the derby with a 2-0 victory
over Hapoel Ramat Gan on Saturday to close within two points of the top of the
Premier League standings.
Maccabi Haifa continued to stutter, however,
drawing 1-1 at home against Ashdod SC.
After being humbled by Hapoel Tel
Aviv, the yellow-and-blue got an ideal opportunity to recover on Saturday, and
had no trouble brushing aside a weak Ramat Gan squad.
It took Maccabi
less than two minutes to break the deadlock courtesy of Maor Buzaglo, and the
three points were as good as guaranteed in the 33rd minute after Buzaglo set up
Roberto Colautti for the team’s second goal of the night at National Stadium in
“We are pleased with the result because we knew there would be
a hangover effect from the derby,” Tel Aviv manager Avi Nimni said. “We will
experience difficulties down the road, but we will challenge for the
At Kiryat Eliezer Stadium, Haifa’s poor form caught up
with it and Elisha Levy’s men could only manage a disappointing draw against
Despite struggling with its performance, Haifa had claimed
victories in four of six matches until Saturday. However, a 52nd minute Moshe
Ohayon strike stunned the Greens, which only escaped with a point thanks to Lior
Rafaelov’s accurate free-kick 20 minutes later.
“We didn’t play well,”
“We lost our composure in a match which we needed to win.
We played better than last week, but that is still not good enough. We are
disappointed because a lot is expected from us and we haven’t lived up to
Ashdod coach John Gregory was also frustrated with Saturday’s
“We are disappointed because we had the lead and should have held
on to it,” said the former Aston Villa boss.
Meanwhile, Ironi Kiryat
Shmona’s run was halted by fellow newly promoted side Hapoel Ashkelon on
After winning four straight games, Kiryat Shmona came unstuck
against a gritty Ashkelon team, which has lost just once this
Eran Levy gave Ashkelon the lead after five minutes, only for the
hosts to turn the match on its head with two goals within four minutes by Elroei
Cohen (14) and Yaniv Lavi (18).
However, Levy would tie the score with
another rocket in the 34th minute and Kiryat Shmona was denied victory for only
the second time this season.
“I’m pleased with the way we played, but the
result leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” Kiryat Shmona coach Ran Ben- Shimon
said. “We played positive soccer, but Ashkelon scored two goals from three
chances and we couldn’t make the most of our complete control in the second
Hapoel Acre came back from a goal down to claim a surprise 3-1
victory over Bnei Yehuda on Saturday.
Ilya Yavruyan gave Bnei Yehuda the
lead in the 33rd minute, but Roei Dayan tied the score for the hosts in the 71st
before Arafat Djako gave Acre all three points with a late brace (84,
Also Saturday, Maccabi Netanya drew 1-1 with Hapoel Haifa, while
Hapoel Petah Tikva fought out a 0-0 deadlock at Hapoel Beersheba.
Tel Aviv visits Maccabi Petah Tikva on Sunday, with Betar Jerusalem to host Bnei
Sakhnin on Monday.