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From: האתר הרשמי, Maccabi Haifa | Saturday, 16/03/2019,

Maccabi - Bnei Yehuda

Maccabi began the playoffs this evening (Saturday) with a loss to Bnei Yehuda, which was the first loss of Marco Balbul after 12 league games. Sylvestr put the visitors ahead in the 23’ minute. Mabouka was sent off a moment before half time after a controversial decision by the referee, who consulted the VAR, and also awarded Bnei Yehuda a penalty. Sylvestr scored the penalty and doubled the visitors’ lead, which they managed to keep until the end.
 
27th round in the Japanika League: Maccabi hosted Bnei Yehuda this evening. 
Maccabi arrived at the match after an away win against Kiryat Shmoma last week, but today the team registered a 0:2 home loss to Bnei Yehuda. It was Marco Balbul’s first loss after 12 league matches. 
 A controversial decision, that was taken after using the VAR, led the referee to send off Mabouka and to award a penalty kick to Bnei Yehuda. After the international break Maccabi will play against Maccabi Tel Aviv in Netanya. 
 
Kick off 
 
10’ The first minutes of the match are completely under Maccabi’s control. Abu Fani shoots from 18 meters but the ball misses the target by inches. 
 
24’ A corner kick for Bnei Yehuda reaches Sylvestr who scores to Haimov’s net with a header. 0:1
 
27’ Mabouka shoots strongly from inside the box and forces Zubas to stretch his body. 
 
42’ Red card: Ernest Mabouka. After examining the incident with the VAR, the referee decided that Mabouka deliberately hit Haziza and awarded Bnei Yehuda a penalty kick. 
 
43’ Sylvestr converts the penalty into a second goal for Bnei Yehuda. 0:2
 
45’ 4 minutes stoppage time. 
 
Second Half 
 
46’ Substitution for Maccabi: Rami Gershon in, Manuel Iturra out.
 
50’ Yellow card: Rami Gershon. 
 
54’ Abu Fani shoots from 20 meters, Zubas collects the ball. 
 
56’ Substitution for Maccabi: Nikita Rukavytsya in, Manuel Iturra out. 
 
75’ Substitution for Maccabi: Maxim Plakuschenko in, Mohammed Abu Fani out. 
 
84’ Yarden Shua’s header hits the crossbar. 
 
90’ Neta Lavi shoots from 20 meters, the ball goes high above the goal. 
 
90’ 3 minutes stoppage time. 
 
Final whistle