Maccabi Haifa came back from two goals down to beat Hapoel Haifa 4-2 in an action-packed derby at Haifa Stadium on Monday night.
A Tomer Swisa brace gave Hapoel a 2-0 lead in the 17th minute, but the hosts lost captain Oshri Roash to a red card in the 11th minute and Maccabi would equalize by the break thanks to goals from Eliran Atar (41) and Ismaeel Ryan (44). Hapoel looked like it would be able to hold on for a point until Dekel Keinan headed the Greens in front in the 88th minute before Glynor Plet put the icing on the cake for Maccabi in stoppage time.
Despite a dismal start to the season, Maccabi’s third straight win moves it up to sixth place in the standings, only four points back of fourth.
Hapoel remained in the relegation zone with the defeat, which increased the pressure on under-fire coach Tal Banin.