Hapoel Tel Aviv 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Nicolas Falczuk’s goal two minutes into stoppage time dented Maccabi Tel Aviv’s
title hopes at Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday night.
With Maccabi Haifa
and Hapoel Tel Aviv not playing until Sunday and Monday, respectively, the
yellow-and-blue had a chance to close within four points of the summit with a
home victory over Hapoel Acre.
However, despite taking a 2-0 lead thanks
to goals from Savo Pavicevic (34) and Eliran Atar (49), Maccabi couldn’t claim
all three points, with Roei Dayan bringin Acre back with a sensational solo
effort from 20 meters out (67) before Falczuk tied the score at 2-2 in the 93rd
minute to break Maccabi’s hearts.
“We should have scored five or six
goals tonight, but we didn’t do it and we were punished,” Tel Aviv coach Moti
Ivanir said. “Acre got back into the game with an incidental goal and had
nothing to lose after that. Unfortunately for us, things worked out for them and
we conceded a cruel goal.
“We can’t afford to drop points after leading
The two main championship contenders will be hoping to punish the
yellow-and-blue for Saturday’s result, with Maccabi Haifa hosting Hapoel Ramat
Gan on Sunday and Hapoel Tel Aviv visiting Betar Jerusalem at Teddy Stadium on
Meanwhile, Bnei Yehuda continued its rich vein of form on
Saturday, winning for the fourth straight match to climb into the top
Dror Kashtan’s men came back from a goal down to beat Ashdod SC 2-1
on the road, with Stephane Kingue giving the hosts the lead in the sixth minute,
only for Oz Rali (13) and Pini Balili (35) to turn the match on its
Bnei Yehuda joined Maccabi Petah Tikva on 38 points and both teams
are now just three points back of fourth-placed Ironi Kiryat Shmona, which
snatched a 1-1 draw at Maccabi Netanya on Saturday night.
scored the opener in the 20th minute, but Shimon Abu Hazeira stole a point for
10-man Kiryat Shmona, equalizing in the 88th minute.
Petah Tikva thrashed
the sorry Hapoel Ashkelon 4-0 on Saturday through goals from Omer Golan (24),
Ori Uzan (56), Tal Ben-Haim (74) and Murad Abu Anza (85).
lost six straight matches by a combined goal difference of 2-15 and dropped into
the relegation zone on Saturday after Bnei Sakhnin’s dramatic 1-1 draw with
Hapoel Petah Tikva.
Israel Zaguri gave Petah Tikva the lead in the 16th
minute, but Guy Tzarfati was sent off in the 87th minute and Kostadin Hazurov
scored five minutes into stoppage time to secure the hosts at least one
Also Saturday, Hapoel Haifa beat Hapoel Beersheba 2-0 on the road
thanks to goals from Eden Ben-Basat (29) and Amir Abu Nil (87).