Maccabi Haifa 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Maccabi Tel Aviv made it four wins out of four in the Premier League on Sunday
night, while Maccabi Haifa scored a stoppage time winner and Hapoel Tel Aviv
claimed a hard-fought victory at Hapoel Acre.
Maccabi maintained its
perfect start to the season with a 2- 0 win over Bnei Sakhnin and remains two
points clear of Hapoel, which won 2-0 at Hapoel Acre, and five points ahead of
Haifa, which beat Hapoel Rishon Lezion 3-1.
Yellow-and-blue coach Moti
Ivanir got the reaction he was hoping for from his players following the 5-1
thrashing in their Europa League group opener at Besiktas JK on Thursday
Sakhnin didn’t make life easy for Maccabi, but Roei Kehat
crucially opened the scoring just before halftime in the 45th minute before
Eliran Atar ensured all three points would remain at Bloomfield Stadium with a
cool finish in the 71st after Barak Itzhaki put him through on goal with a
After dropping points in its last two matches, Haifa was
desperate to get back to winning ways on Sunday and it very nearly failed to do
Asi Baldut gave Hapoel Rishon Lezion a stunning lead at Kiryat
Eliezer Stadium, scoring from the penalty spot in the 27th minute after Bojan
Saranov brought down David Gomez.
Haifa struggled to create scoring
opportunities, but it tied the score in the 71st minute courtesy of a header
from defender Itzik Cohen before clinching all three points at the
Rishon looked to be heading to a deserved draw on the road, but
Haifa defender Sari Falach scored a dramatic goal in the 91st minute before
Weeam Amasha wrapped up the victory with his sixth league goal of the
“The most important thing for us today was to win the match,”
Haifa coach Elisha Levy said. “Clearly we didn’t play well, but we scored
late goals and we can now focus on slowly improving our performances.”
Acre, the visitors were once more far from convincing, but Dror Kashtan’s men
yet again found a way to pick up all three points, with Toto Tamuz scoring in
the 20th minute and Omer Damari securing the win in the 72nd.
plenty of chances once again and this time we also converted them,” said
Tamuz was pleased with the result after Thursday's 1-0 Europa
League defeat to Rapid Bucharest.
“I thought we were excellent against
Rapid as well and that we were just unlucky,” the striker said. “I'm happy we
are back to winning ways.”