Maccabi beaten 2-0 in Beersheva

Maccabi Tel Aviv arrived at Turner Stadium for the MD10 ONE Zero League game against Hapoel Be’ersheva as Vladimir Ivic’s side were ranked second in the table with 22 points. Hosts Hapoel Be’ersheva were five points off fourth place as Elyaniv Barda’s in-form side were unbeaten in their last six league matches.

Ivic made no change from the side that beat Maccabi Netanya last week as Nir Bitton, Derrick Luckassen and Enric Saborit lined up as the three centre-backs ahead of goalkeeper Daniel Peretz. Maor Kandil as right-back and Ofir Davidzada on the opposite left flank completed Maccabi’s defensive line. Dan Galzer and Gabi Kanichowsky have been assigned to the midfield engine room, allowing Oscar Gloukh a more attacking role in front of the midfield duo. Djordje Jovanovic led the line alongside Eran Zahavi who led the team with the captain’s armband.

Yonatan Cohen made his first appearance for the Maccabi squad as the striker who returned to the club after a season in Italy was named by Ivic as a substitute. On the bench, alongside Cohen, Ivic named goalkeeper Daniel Tenenbaum, Joris van Overeem, Parfait Guiagon, Sheran Yeini, Avi Rikan, Eyal Golasa, Andre Geraldes and Dor Peretz.

First half

The game started at a blistering pace with Be’ersheva threatening to draw first blood as they had a dangerous third-minute free kick cleared by the Maccabi defence.

Be’ersheva’s defense were almost taken by surprise as a deadly counterattack from the opposite end saw Eran Zahavi charge from the halfway line. But the veteran striker lost the ball on the edge of the box allowing the Be’ersheva defense to recover. As the hosts pressed high up the pitch, Maccabi continued to look dangerous with quick transitions as a cross from Gabi Kanichowsky from the right was sent in by Djordje Jovanovic’s 11th-minute goal before Omri Glazer made it his first stop. Dan Glazer was the first player to be cautioned by referee Eytan Shmuelevic two minutes later for a foul on Be’ersheva’s Shapi Suleymanov that spoiled the free kick.

Daniel Peretz was out of breath in the 16th minute as the Maccabi keeper turned Eden Shamir’s dangerous low kick into a corner. Maccabi continued to expose the Be’ersheva defense as a long ball from Kanichowsky freed Jovanovic who ignored Sagiv Yehezkel before returning to Kanichowsky whose cross was cleared. In the 27th minute, however, Be’ersheva took the lead after Suleymanov tore through the Maccabi defence, his first effort being cleared from the goalmouth by Enric Saborit. But as the ball came back to Suleymanov he found Adrian Paun who brought the ball home to put the hosts ahead. Saborit was booked on the 33rd for a foul on Shamir while three minutes later Be’ersheva almost doubled their lead on a set piece that Miguel Vitor headed into the way of Astrit Selmani who failed to connect .

Nir Bitton took a chance with a long range effort but his 39 attempt sailed high over the crossbar. Roei Gordana saw yellow for a foul on Zahavi in ​​the 41st minute, but three minutes later Maccabi were down to 10 men as Glazer received the second yellow card for a foul on Shai Ellas.

Second part

Ivic made a triple substitution at half-time as Dor Peretz, Joris van Overeem and Parfait Guiagon replaced Davidzada, Zahavi and Gloukh on the restart.

A minute before the hour mark, Hatuel doubled Be’ersheva’s lead by leaping off a knockdown from Yehezkel and sending the ball from close range into the roof of the net.

Claims of a foul on Bitton inside the penalty area were dismissed by VAR who overturned Shmuelevic’s original decision. Ivic also lost his temper and also received the red card from Shmuelevic in the 75th minute.

Dor Peretz burst into the box and sent a powerful right-footed shot on 86 but Glazer dove and grabbed the ball to nullify Maccabi’s chances of coming back into the game. Dor Peretz burst into the box and sent a powerful right-footed shot on 86 but Glazer dove and grabbed the ball to nullify Maccabi’s chances of coming back into the game. Eyal Golasa replaced Kanichowsky as Maccabi’s fifth replacement but nothing could change the fate of the game as Maccabi will look for the points elsewhere.

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