(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv climbed back into contention for European qualification on
Monday night, beating Maccabi Netanya 1-0 thanks to Roberto Colautti’s
The out-of-favor striker netted his first league goal
in more than three months with a cool finish after some excellent build-up work
by Barak Itzhaki, giving Tel Aviv all three points and taking it up to fifth
place on 52 points.
That is just three points below second-placed Hapoel
Tel Aviv and one point under Bnei Yehuda and Maccabi Netanya with three more
matches to play this season.
“This was a very important match for us,”
said Colautti. “I received a superb ball from Barak and did what I know to
The teams that finish the season in second and third place will book
a Europa League berth, while fourth will also be sufficient should Hapoel Tel
Aviv, Maccabi Haifa or Ashdod SC, who will all play in the State Cup semifinals
with Ironi Ramat Hasharon on Wednesday, end the season among the top three and
go on to lift the cup.
“We played okay in the first half, but we weren’t
sharp enough on the offensive end in the second half and paid the price,” said
Maccabi Netanya coach Reuven Atar, who will guide Maccabi Haifa next
“I’m fully focused on guiding Netanya to Europe and I will only
turn my focus to Haifa once the season ends.”