18th round in the Japanika League: Maccabi met this evening (Saturday) Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Both teams arrived at the match with the same amount of points on the table (25). Maccabi dominated the pitch but did not manage to score in the first half, despite the fact that the team reached a number of opportunities. At the beginning of the second half Loai Taha was sent off leaving the southern team with 10 men. At the 72’ minute Maccabi finally scored when Neta Lavi took a shot from 20 meters, the ball hit Elhamed and went inside. Shlomi Azulay doubled the score 3 minutes into the stoppage time after many chances next to Harush’s goal. It was Maccabi’s first win at Be’er Sheva since 2009. On Wednesday Maccabi will play against Sakhnin for a place at the quarterfinals of the Israeli Cup.
6’ A counter attack by Maccabi ends when Rukavytsya passes a cross ball into the box, Harush collects it.
15’ Great opportunity for Maccabi: Reijnen leaves the ball to Ofri Arad in the penalty area, the latter takes a shot, but the local defense blocks it.
19’ Maccabi keeps pressing Be’er Sheva’s goal. Mabouka provides a lovely cross towards Raz Meir but his header hits the post.
31’ Rukavytsya shoots from 20 meters but the ball goes high above the goal.
45’ 1 minute stoppage time.
49’ Yellow card: Raz Meir.
50’ Loai Taha, Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s centre back, is sent off. Taha tackles Shon Weismann and is shown a second yellow card since he was already booked during the first half.
59’ Substitution for Maccabi: Muhammad Awad in, Sintayehu Sallallich out.
62’ Awad passes a brilliant deep pass into the penalty box, Mabouka shoots a strong diagonal kick from 10 meters and hits the crossbar.
72’ Neta Lavi Shoots from 20 meters, the ball hits Elhamed, Be’er Sheva’s player, and goes inside! Maccabi leads 0:1!!
73’ Substitution for Maccabi: Shlomi Azulay in, Shon Weismann out.
76’ Yellow card: Neta Lavi.
85’ Yellow card: Georges Mandjeck.
88’ Substitution for Maccabi: Sun Menachem in, Nikita Rukavytsya out.
90’ 5 minutes stoppage time.
93’ Awad shoots from inside the box and hits the post.
94’ Shlomi Azulay scores and sets the final score, 0:2 for Maccabi.