Maccabi Haifa edges Hapoel Umm Al Fahm

Maccabi Haifa edges Hapoel Umm Al Fahm

2021-02-23 21:54:02

 Israel State Cup round-of-32 motion was on faucet this week as groups from throughout the nation and in numerous leagues took half within the prestigious event.

Maccabi Haifa simply obtained by second-division Hapoel Umm Al Fahm 2-1 in as Godsway Donio’s Ninetieth-minute aim pushed the Greens into the subsequent spherical of the competitors.

Final 12 months, Umm Al Fahm upset Maccabi Tel Aviv and seemed to duplicate the feat at Sammy Ofer Stadium. Barak Bachar’s Haifa grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Neta Lavi despatched a screamer into the again of the aim, however simply as the sport hit halftime Omer Atzili coughed up the ball permitting Levan Kutalia the chance to attract his crew even at 1-1 after 45 minutes.

Nevertheless, the red-hot Donio discovered the again of the aim to take the win.

“We made our lives tough,” stated Bachar. “We knew that this recreation wouldn’t be simple and we have now to offer credit score to our opponent, who got here to play. Advancing is what’s essential and regardless of not making it a bit simpler we had a tricky week between COVID-19 and the Israel Soccer Affiliation courtroom.”

Umm Al Fahm coach Moti Ivanir lamented the loss, however praised his gamers’ effort

“Sadly we couldn’t full the upset,” stated a disenchanted Ivanir. “The crew did the very best they may and we fought as laborious as potential. There have been minutes the place we performed very well and it’s too unhealthy we couldn’t take the win as a result of Haifa didn’t have their strongest squad.”

Donio additionally spoke about advancing to the subsequent spherical after his game-winning tally.

“It’s nice feeling, not only for me however for your complete crew. It’s an honor to attain, however I don’t play on my own, everybody helps out and all of us ought to get that credit score.”

Down south, Maccabi Tel Aviv slipped by Hapoel Beersheba 1-0 on a Sixty fifth-minute aim by Dor Peretz because the yellow-and-blue moved on within the competitors.

Head coach Patrick van Leeuwen made wholesale modifications to the beginning lineup that featured final Thursday when Maccabi fell to Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in Europa League first-leg round-of-32 motion.  

“We have now a very good squad with high quality gamers who deserve an opportunity to play,” stated van Leeuwen following the sport. “There are gamers right here who’re champions they usually can actually play so it’s reliable to me that they get the chance.”

Maccabi’s aim scorer Peretz additionally mirrored on the sport.

“It’s an excellent feeling. This was a vital recreation for us and I’m glad that we received and moved on. I’m attempting my greatest to plat my position and I’m thrilled to have the ability to assist the crew in any manner that I can.”

Within the north, Beitar Jerusalem downed Hapoel Acre 2-0 on a pair of targets by Yarden Shua simply earlier than the halftime break.

Idan Vered was pulled down within the field, good for a penalty that Shua slotted residence within the forty fourth minute, and simply two minutes later Shua headed residence an Oren Bitton nook kick to assist Beitar advance to the subsequent spherical.

Beitar’s co-coach Shai Barda seemed again on the win.

“I don’t assume we performed properly and we have to play with extra confidence. However within the State Cup you should know how one can win and transfer on and that’s precisely what we did.”

Elsewhere, Hapoel Haifa wanted penalty kicks to defeat Bnei Yehuda 5-4 after a 3-3 recreation following 120 minutes of play.

Dan Mori, Shay Mazor and Amit Zaneti discovered the again of the aim for Yossi Abukasis’s Bnei Yehuda whereas Kayes Ganem, Ido Shachar and Itay Boganim scored for Haim Silvas’s Haifa after a entertaining contest of end-to-end motion.

Alon Turgeman slotted residence Haifa’s last spot kick whereas Roie Ben Shimon missed his at hand the Carmel Reds the win.

“It’s very thrilling to advance although the cup competitors remains to be at its earliest levels,” stated Silvas. “It was a loopy recreation and that’s one thing that we have now been used to however we imagine in ourselves and regardless of it being a tricky match it was very candy.”

“When a contest will get to penalties it may possibly go both manner,” defined Abukasis. “We have been a bit naive all through the sport, however now we have now to focus on our targets within the league and extra on.”

Additionally, Hapoel Tel Aviv blew out Hapoel Ashkelon 4-0 as 4 totally different aim scorers discovered the again of the aim.

Ben Bitton opened the floodgates simply earlier than the break as Shlomi Azulay, Lidor Cohen and Ofek Bitton all scored within the second half to take the win.

“It took time to attain the primary aim however it was within the air,” stated a content material Reds coach Nir Klinger. “We performed a very good recreation and we’re persevering with to enhance as properly. I hate these cup video games as they’re at all times a trigger for concern however the gamers confirmed true professionalism to file the victory.

In different State Cup motion, Bnei Sakhnin blanked Hapoel Hadera 3-0 as striker Nigel Hasselbaink scored a brace and Dane Kelly added a lone strike within the win, whereas Ashdod SC disposed of Hapoel Ra’anana 3-1 on targets by Roie Gordana, Moussa Bagayoko and Stav Torial.

Maccabi Netanya dropped Bikat HaYarden 2-0 on a brace by Ben Azubel, Maccabi Petah Tikva used a 96th minute aim within the further session by rising star Liel Abada to defeat Sektzia Ness Ziona 1-0 to advance.

Beitar Tel Aviv/Bat Yam shocked Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2-0 on targets by Yaniv Mizrahi and Eyal Hen and Hapoel Kfar Saba moved on with a 2-0 win over Hapoel Kfar Kasem due to targets by Amadou Soukouna and Omer Lakou.

Man Badash scored the lone aim for Hapoel Jerusalem within the 109th minute in opposition to Hapoel Rishon Lezion to punch its ticket to the subsequent spherical with a 1-0 victory.

Hapoel Ramat Gan beat Bnei Lod 4-1 in extra time after a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes, Hapoel Afula obtained by Nog HaGalil 1-1 (5-4 on penalties), Hapoel Kfar Shelem disposed of Adumim Ashdod 3-0 and Beitar Nordia slipped by Tira 0-0 (10-9 on penalties) on a waterlogged pitch.


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