Ligat Ha’al Playoffs – Top Of The Table Roundup
Hapoel Tel Aviv – Maccabi Tel Aviv
In a tense matchup, Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated possession, but was unable to capitalize on a number of chances and came away empty-handed with a zero – zero tie. Maccabi Tel-Aviv set up camp in their own half for much of the game as they hunkered down and weathered Hapoel’s persistent attacks. Eran Zahavi, Itay Shechter, Gili Vermut, Maharan Lala, and Douglas Da Silva all had chances to score, but had nothing to show for their efforts. Maccabi Tel-Aviv had a few chances created through Emanuel Mayuka, but that was it from the Yellows. Late in the game Victor Mare was sent off after shoving a Maccabi player in the box. Maccabi Tel-Aviv was accused last week of handing the game over to Maccabi Haifa, made sure that their biggest rivals are now trailing Maccabi Haifa in the title race by two points. My prediction of a 2-0 Hapoel win didn’t come through, but Hapoel were wasteful and have only themselves to blame for getting behind again.
Maccabi Haifa – Beitar Jerusalem
Maccabi Haifa is in pole position to take the title with two games left. Maccabi Haifa got the win they needed against Beitar in a 2-1 thriller. Vladimir Dvalishvili opened the scoring against Beitar with a brilliant dummy and and finish. However, pulled back a surprise equalizer with an Arik Benado tap-in at the far post from a corner. Haifa weren’t finished and Haifa scored a similar goal with Dekel Keinan tucking the ball away. Haifa showed why they are champions and now have one game left to keep their hands on the title.
Bnei Yehuda – MS Ashdod
In a scarcely attended game Bnei Yehuda secured their grip on fourth place and look to challenge Maccabi Tel-Aviv for third place. Bnei Yehuda got off to a quick start with a great finish from Shlomi Levy as he beat Ashdod keeper Dragan Stojkic. Ashdod then had a chance to tie the game, but Amir Lavi missed the penalty. However, Ashdod got the tying goal from substitute Nevo Mizrahi. After that Bnei Yehuda took control of the game with goals from Maharan Radi and Eliran Atar. Ashdod got one back again from substitute Nevo Mizrahi, but it wasn’t enough as Bnei Yehuda won their second straight game 3-2.
Only one round left…Stay tuned anything can happen.