Soccer: Mac TA crashes to another defeat

Team will spend another week at the bottom of the Premier Leagure after loss to Maccabi Netanya.

October 22, 2007 06:27
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Soccer: Mac TA crashes to another defeat

Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer . (photo credit: Asaf Kliger)

Maccabi Tel Aviv will spend another week rock bottom of the Premier League standings after losing its fourth straight match on Sunday night. The once proud club, which has also failed to score a goal in its last four league encounters, fell to a 2-0 defeat to Maccabi Netanya at National Stadium in Ramat Gan. Sunday's display was another in an ever-growing list of embarrassing showings by Tel Aviv, a 14 time league champion. The biggest problem for the team, however, is not its comic defending and awful attacking, but its apathetic attitude towards its position in the standings. Tel Aviv has collected just one point in six league matches so far and faces a daunting trip to Teddy Stadium to face Betar Jerusalem next week. Netanya climbed to second place with its third straight league win on Sunday and is only three points adrift of defending champion Betar. George Ba gave the visitors the lead a mere 81 seconds into Sunday's match and Netanya secured the victory against the hopeless hosts in the 26th minute, after Milan Martinovic headed the ball into his own net. Netanya scored with its first chance of the match on Sunday, with Ba's outstretched foot beating the hosts' defense. Tel Aviv registered its first shot on goal in the 12th minute, but Rudy Haddad's surprise shot from 20 meters was well spotted by keeper Liran Shtrauber. The visitors should have doubled their lead five minutes later when Okocha was left unmarked in the box. The Ghanaian, however, completely miss-hit his shot and sent his volley wide. However, it would not take long before Netanya got its second goal of the match, thanks to some horrendous defending by Tel Aviv. Martinovic doubled his side's deficit, back-heading the ball into the roof of his own net over hapless keeper Dragoslav Jevric. The visitors were content with their two goal lead and Tel Aviv's inability to create any sort of attacking play meant the Premier League's bottom side dropped to another inevitable defeat.

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