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Maccabi Tel Aviv falls to Ashdod, Van Leeuwen out


After a very slow start in the Israeli Premier League games, Maccabi Tel Aviv ousted head coach Patrick Van Lyon following the club’s shocking 2-0 defeat at home to Ashdod SC on Monday night in front of over 17,000 loud fans.

The yellow-blues have struggled a lot in the local game as they sit in 12th place, just one point above the relegation zone, with two wins, four losses and a draw in seven games so far in this campaign, with Barak Yitzhaki taking over the league. Intermediate base bridle.
Van Lyon received a two-year contract extension during the summer after taking over the club from Giorgios Donis early in the 2020/21 season and instructing Maccabi to finish strong to win the state cup and fall just a few points to the top of the table. This season, however, has been anything but successful so far in the Israeli league.

The Dutchman who arrived in 2016 to become the club’s performance manager did an exemplary job and transformed the youth department and then moved on to the coaching role. In fact, the team’s results in Europe this season have been excellent as Maccabi leads the UEFA Conference League team and has just come out after a 5-0 win over HJK in Helsinki, Finland.

But that was probably not enough as it was reported on several points that there was a rift between the players and Van Lyon. With owner Mitch Goldhaar’s representative Jack Angelides accompanying the team to Finland and participating in the game in Tel Aviv, the official announcement that the club will part ways with the 52-year-old coach came just two hours after the loss on Monday.

“Patrick has made a tremendous contribution to Maccabi Tel Aviv since his arrival as head of the youth academy and performance director,” Goldhar told Maccabi’s official website. “Since joining Maccabi more than five years ago, Patrick has demonstrated a strong work ethic and loyalty to the club, and for that Maccabi and I owe a debt of gratitude. I wish Patrick all the best for the future.”

As for the game itself on Monday, Maccabi captain Sharan Yeni was sent off due to a reckless foul by Fahd Bayou in the 20th minute and Naor Sabag took full advantage of the extra man and gave the visiting Ashdod a 1: 0 advantage.

Or Inbrom doubled the advantage in the 82nd minute to allow Ran Ben Shimon’s team to take the three points and the victory to move to one point from Maccabi.

Maccabi Tel Aviv lost Monday night 2-0 to Ashdod MK. At Bloomfield Stadium. (Credit: Ariel Shalom)

“Even when it was 11 on 11, we still played better than Maccabi Tel Aviv,” Ben Shimon began. “Our players trained well, which is why we won this game. We came to play today and we needed the points to get close to getting out of the relegation zone.

“It’s a difficult night,” Van Lyon said even before he was released. “We got a red card after a few minutes in the game and it changed our plan and affected the game. After the international game you have to stay in the game, what we could have got after it was 1-0. We had to move on.”

Meanwhile, in the north, Maccabi Haifa defeated Maccabi Netanya 2-0 to continue to rise in the rankings.

Dolev Haziza opened the scoring early for the Greens when he clung to the delivery of Noble Omar in the fifth minute to beat Danny Amos to a 1-0 lead. Noble Godsway then took a wide ball from Godsway Donyoh 35 minutes later and scored to end the win before the break.

“I was not happy with how we played in the second half and allowed Netanya to come close to reducing our advantage to 2-1,” Haifa coach Barak Bachar lamented after his team picked up the win focusing on where his team should be. to improve.

“Exhaustion is just an excuse after our European game and I come out of this game with a bad feeling despite the win.”

Elsewhere, Hapoel Tel Aviv defeated Hapoel Hadera 3-0 to get back head coach Nir Klinger in style after running a lengthy suspension for his actions in last year’s State Cup final that sidelined him.

The loss to Menachem Koretzky’s club was his first in the campaign as the Reds continued the beautiful game from the beginning of the season.

“It was important for me to get back to work,” Klinger explained following the victory. “I want to thank my team, who did a wonderful job while I was not. We prepared very well for this game and we knew how to play against them. We had a hard time in the first half, but then we made some corrections and did what we needed to do.”

In the south, Hapoel Beer Sheva defeated Hapoel Jerusalem 3-1 at Turner Stadium in the desert capital, with Roni Levy’s squad continuing its beautiful game in a dominant manner.

Nikita Rokavica scored his first goal of the season with his new club as he nodded home an early jab to lift the hosts to a quick 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.

Ramzi Spori took care of Rokavica’s delivery 25 minutes later to increase the lead to 2: 0 while Tomer Yosefi added the third goal in the middle of the second half to take the lead.

Idan Shemesh pulled a late goal for Ziv Arieh’s team, but it was too little, too late, when Be’er Sheva took the 3 points.

“We always strive to be better, but we have a lot of new players and it takes time,” Levy said. “We want to get good results and I believe that as time goes on we will be even better. Nikita is a very important player for us and it is great to see all our strikers score.”

In the capital, Betar Jerusalem slipped to Hapoel Haifa 2: 1 when Tamir Adi’s second shot was the victory of Erwin Koeman’s team.

Jordan Shoa and Alon Turgeman exchanged goals in the first half, with the latter coming on at the break.

But Itai Boganim of Haifa was sent off with a second yellow card in the 55th minute, and reduced the Reds from Carmel to 10 players who transferred the advantage to Betar to the half balance.

Tamir Adi quickly took matters into his own hands and three minutes later scored and gave Betar the three points at home.

“I believe this win really took some of the pressure off of us as well as the fans,” Koeman said following the win. “Those were three very important points. There were good and bad things in this game, but we were patient, we controlled the ball and created opportunities when we had a numerical advantage.”

Meanwhile, Maccabi Petah Tikva destroyed Hapoel Nof Hagalil 4-0 at the Moshava Stadium when Muhammad Awad scored a pair of penalties in the second half to help the hosts reach victory.

Lamek Benda scored a great goal after cooking in the 16th minute and put Guy Luzon’s side up 0-1, which was doubled early in the second half when James Adney doubled the lead. Doug Awad then had two late kicks to narrow a 4-0 win to grab the points.

In the Galilee, Kiryat Shmona crushed Bnei Sakhnin 3-0 when Amir Nussbaum’s squad achieved an excellent away victory.

Morgan Freier scored the first goal in the 29th minute while Itamar Shabiru added a second shot just 11 seconds into the second half after Yadin Lugassi stole the ball and sent the Israeli striker on his way. Lugassi then found the back of the goal himself to give the Northern squad a neat 3-0 victory.


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