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Maccabi held Be’ersheva to 1-1 draw

Maccabi held Be’ersheva to 1-1 draw


Boosted by the 3-1 victory away to Maccabi Haifa last week, Maccabi returned to Bloomfield stadium for the final home match of the season against Hapoel Be’ersheva. While Maccabi recorded two victories in succession over Maccabi Netanya (2-1) and Maccabi Haifa (3-1), Be’ersheva suffered defeats on the bounce to Maccabi Netanya (3-0), Maccabi Haifa (1-0) and Hapoel Tel Aviv (2-1). As a result, Maccabi, moved within a point from Be’ersheva and could strengthen their claim to finish second in the event of a victory – with two matches still left to play.

Maccabi’s Krstajic made several changes from the side that won at Sammy Ofer as he kept his defense unchanged with Enric Saborit and Idan Nachmias lining-up right in front of goalkeeper Daniel Peretz with Andre Gerlades and Matan Baltaxa completing the back-four on the right and left respectively.

Dan Glazer who served his one-match touchline ban against Haifa, returned to the side and led the team out wearing the captain’s bracelet. Eyal Golasa kept his place in midfield while Oscar Gloukh who scored against Netanya and Haifa returned to midfield at the expense of Eden Shamir. Eylon Almog and Brandley Kuwas kept their places and were named by Krstajic on both wings in support of Croatian striker Stipe Perica upfront.

Daniel Tenenbaum, Tal Ben Chaim, Gabi Kanichowsky, Eden Shamir, Avi Rikan, Ofir Davidzada, Shahar Piven, Orel Baye and Djordje Jovanovic were all named on the substitutes bench.

Prior to kickoff a ceremony took place as a tribute to former player Aaron Schoenfeld who scored 10 goals in 76 appearances at Maccabi between 2017 and 2021.

First Half

Maccabi began the match on the front foot as Eyal Golasa tested Omri Glazer 90 seconds after the start with a low drive from the edge of the area that was equalled by Be’ersheva’s keeper. Two minutes later a Matan Baltaxa counter attack caught the visitors’ defense by surprise but as Brandley Kuwas wasted the chance the effort was ruled out for offside. Nikita Rukavytsya was inches away from heading Be’ersheva into the lead at the opposite end as his header from point blank range narrowly missed the target. In the 15th minute however, Rukavytsya was shown a direct red card by referee Gal Leibovic for a reckless tackle on Baltaxa. Be’ersheva were left with 10 men while Mladen Krstajic was forced to make a change as Baltaxa limped off with a calf injury and was replaced by Shahar Piven. In the 24th minute, Eyal Golasa beat two Be’ersheva players on the edge of the area before teeing-up Enric Saborit whose left foot shot sailed over the crossbar.

Saborit continued to pause a threat down the left flank as his telling cross towards Stipe Perica rolled across the face of Be’ersheva’s goal with the Croatian striker failing to make contact. A minute later, Saborit struck a shot with his weak right foot that deflected off a defender before Glazer collected.

Three minutes after the half hour mark Glazer needed a double save to keep out Perica’s powerful shot from outside the area.
Two minutes later Golasa found Oscar Gloukh inside the area with a clever flick but the youngster’s shot was equalled by Glazer.

Kuwas tried his luck in the 43rd minute but his left foot shot which Glazer could only push out. A goalmouth scramble inside injury time saw Perica denied by Be’ersheva’s defense before Idan Nachmias’ effort was cleared for a corner. The deadlock was finally broken shortly after as Kuwas curled the resulting corner and Eylon Almog rose high to head into the opener and put Maccabi infront.

Second Half

While Krstajic made no changes after the break, his Be’ersheva counterpart, Elyaniv Barda, made a double change as Sagiv Yehezkel and Danilo Asprilla replaced Ramzi Safuri and Eugene Ansah at the restart.

Maccabi came close to double their lead three minutes later as Gloukh found Saborit inside the area only for the Spaniard to send his volley over the crossbar. Andre Geraldes, who did not score a goal in 3 years at Maccabi, almost scored his debut goal on 52 but the Portuguese flashed a volley wide of the post.

Krstajic made three changes on the hour mark as he introduced Avi Rikan for Kuwas, Tal Ben Chaim replaced Almog and Djordje Jovanovic came in for Perica.

Golasa received a standing ovation from the majority of the 14,762 fans as he was replaced by Gabi Kanichowsky on 72 for Maccabi’s final substitution. Jovanovic looked lively as the Serbian striker curled his shot which narrowly missed the frame of the goal. But in the 75th minute Be’ersheva were back on level terms as Miguel Vitor headed a corner past that beat Daniel Peretz to make it 1-1.

In the 80th minute three of Maccabi’s substitutes combined well to carve an opening as Jovanovic released Kanichowsky whose cut was fired by Rikan wide of the post. Nachmias should have scored Maccabi’s second on 81 but the central who found himself right in front of goal, lost his footing and did not manage to connect.

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