(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Petah Tikva squandered an opportunity to move within two points of
league-leader Maccabi Tel Aviv on Monday night after it was held to a 2-2 draw
by Hapoel Rishon Lezion.
After coming on as a 14th minute substitute, Dor
Halevi gave the visitors a 41st minute lead at National Stadium in Ramat Gan,
only for Petah Tikva to turn the match on its head within four second-half
Tomer Elbaz equalized four minutes after the break before Victor
Merey put Petah Tikva in front in the 52nd minute.
However, Halevi denied
the hosts their fourth win in five matches with his second goal of the night in
the 85th minute, catching goalkeeper Liran Strauber off-guard with his shot from
20 meters out.
Bnei Yehuda won its first home match of the season on
Monday, beating Ashdod SC 1-0 at Bloomfield Stadium.
Pedro Galvan scored
the winner from the penalty spot in the 84th minute after a contentious decision
by referee Guy Berger.