(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv made it three wins out of three in the
Premier League on Saturday, while Maccabi Haifa picked up its first point of the
season with a 1-1 draw at Hapoel Beersheba.
Eliran Atar scored his first
career hat-trick to give Maccabi Tel Aviv a 3-1 victory over Hapoel Haifa at
Kiryat Eliezer Stadium.
Oscar’s team all but clinched the win by the 14th
minute, with Roberto Colautti providing the assists for Atar’s first two goals
Yuval Avidor scored Hapoel Haifa’s first goal of the season
when he slotted in his penalty kick in the 45th minute, but the hosts couldn’t
net an equalizer in the second half and Atar completed his hattrick in the 87th
minute with an easy tap-in.
The most emotional moment of the weekend
arrived at Bloomfield Stadium when Nitzan Shirazi returned to the Hapoel Tel
Aviv bench to raucous applauds from fans and players alike after recovering from
serious head surgery he underwent two weeks ago.
Shavit Elimelech, who prepared the team for the match, did the shouting from the
bench and took care of media commitments, but the head coach will be hoping to
return to full capacity very soon.
Hapoel players ensured Shirazi ended
the match with a beaming smile, defeating Bnei Yehuda 2-0.
scored the opener in the 39th minute, with Omer Damari clinching the win four
minutes from time.
After losing its first two matches of the season,
Haifa found itself in deep trouble in Beersheba after Tomer Swisa gave the hosts
the lead from the penalty spot in the 16th minute.
However, Shlomi Azulai
leveled the score eight minutes from the break and Haifa was happy to settle for
a single point after defender Edin Cocalic was sent off in the 49th minute with
a second yellow card.
Champion Ironi Kiryat Shmona dropped to its first
defeat of the campaign on Saturday, suffering a 1-0 home loss to Maccabi
Netanya, with Ahmed Saba scoring the only goal of the match in the 60th
Hapoel Acre scored five goals in the top flight for the first
time in club history on Saturday, thrashing Bnei Sakhnin 5-1.
netted a hattrick for the hosts (41, 57, 61), with Tamir Kahlon (7) and Leonardo
Passos Alves (75) also scoring for Acre, while Idan Veizman (54) scored
Sakhnin’s consolation goal.
Also Saturday, Hapoel Ramat Gan picked up its
first point of the season, drawing 1-1 with Hapoel Ramat Hashaeon.
Manga scored for Ramat Gan in the sixth minute, with Asi Baldut (78) equalizing
for Ramat Hasharon.
Hapoel Haifa 1, Maccabi Tel Aviv 3;
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2, Bnei Yehuda 0;
Ironi Kiryat Shmona 0, Maccabi Netanya 1;
Hapoel Acre 5, Bnei Sakhnin 1;
Hapoel Ramat Gan 1, Hapoel Ramat Hasharon 1;
Hapoel Beersheba 1, Maccabi Haifa 1.