Schedule | 18/03/2023 - Maccabi Haifa מול F.C Ashdod
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Israeli Premier League, Round 27 , 18/03/2023 , 20:00 , טרם נקבע
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Maccabi Haifa
F.C Ashdod
Omer Atzili (26)
Omer Atzili (32)



Josh Cohen
Pierre Cornud
Abdoulaye Seck
Rami Gershon
Dylan Batubinsika
Omer Atzili
Dolev Haziza
Tjaronn Chery
Mohammed Abu Fani
Frantzdy Pierrot


Roy Mashpati ()
Raz Meir ()
Yinon Eliyahu ()
Aviel Zargari (CDM)
Mahmoud Jaber ()
Bassam Zarura ()
Mavis Tchibota (STRIKER)
Dean David ()


ברק בכר
Sat , 18/3/2023

Maccabi - Ashdod 2:1

27th fixture of the Israeli Premier League: Maccabi Haifa hosted FC Ashdod at Sammy Ofer Stadium. The playoffs opened with a storm and not only because of the rain. Four penalties, three goals, Atzili scored twice, and one red card for Batubinsika. Ashdod took the lead first with a successful penalty, following which Dillon was sent off (10’), Josh Cohen saved the second penalty from Kanaan's legs. On the other hand, Maccabi also was awarded two penalties, and Atzili scored them both (26’, 32’) to complete the comeback and secure the first win in the upper playoff. After the international break, Maccabi will host Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Maccabi’s line-up: Josh Cohen, Dylan Batubinsika, Abdoulaye Seck, Rami Gershon, Pierre Cornud, Mohammed Abu Fani, Tjaronn Chery (C), Dia Saba, Omer Atzili, Dolev Haziza, Frantzdy Pierrot. 


10’ Dylan Batubinsika tackles Elad Shahaf inside the box. The referee sends him off and points on the penalty spot. Acolatse scores the penalty. 0:1 for the visitors. 


18’ Another penalty for Ashdod. This time, Haziza tackles Kanaan inside the box, and Kanaan is also the one to take the penalty, but with a wonderful instinct, Josh Cohen blocks the ball!


20’ Saba stops the ball brilliantly, leaves behind his defender and shoots from 20 meters, but the ball hits an Ashdod defender and goes behind the line for a corner kick. 


21’ Atzili provides a great cross from the right flank into the box, Gershon tries to shove it in with his back heel, but the ball goes just inches wide. 


25’ GOAL! Pierrot receives the ball at the right edge of the box and tries to advance but the ball is cleared away from him when an Ashdod player punches the ball, a penalty kick for Maccabi! Atzili shoots it powerfully and scores! 1:1


32’ GOAL! Atzili shoots the ball powerfully from inside the box, but the ball hits the hand of one of Ashdod’s players and it’s another penalty for Maccabi! Once again Atzili takes the responsibility and shoots a powerful ball straight into the top corner. The comeback is completed, 2:1 for Maccabi. 


34’ Saba storms forward through the center of the pitch and delivers a brilliant incisive pass towards Pierrot, the striker shoots from inside the box, but the goalkeeper denies the attempt.


41’ Saba shakes off his defender, breaks into the box, and shoots, but the goalkeeper collects it. 


Second Half 


60’ Substitution for Maccabi: Mahmoud Jaber in, Tjaronn Chery out.


66’ Atzili receives the ball after a successful tackle on the right flank, and shoots a diagonal ball from 25 meters, but the ball goes above the crossbar. 


74’ Double substitution for Maccabi: Raz Meir and Din David in, Omer Atzili and Dolev Haziza out.


76’ Dia Saba breaks forward and sends a great long ball towards Jaber who enters into the box, and passes the ball to David, but the latter’s shot goes over the target.


84’ Substitution for Maccabi: Goni Naor in, Dia Saba out.


90’+7’ Final whistle. Maccabi completes a comeback with only 10 players for more than 80 minutes. All three goals were scored from the penalty spot, and Josh Cohen stopped the fourth penalty in the match. Next fixture will encounter between Maccabi and Hapoel Be’er Sheva who are placed in second place, 4 points behind Maccabi Haifa.