with zero effort.
Maccabi Tel Aviv tonight (Wednesday) defeated Maccabi Petah Tikva 0:4 in the first meeting in the quarterfinals of the State Cup.
Djorja Jovanovic scored first (4) and doubled (25) from the penalty spot, Gabi Kanikowski (36) destroyed the tension already in the first half.
Avi Ricken (92) provided the last nail in extra time, and apparently the meeting in a month in the colony will be for the record only.
Aitor Kranka concluded: "It was difficult because of the wind and the rain, but I'm very satisfied. I made a lot of changes and they were all pretty good. I've been here for a month and I need to get to know the players, those who haven't played much today got a chance and took it. We're far from where we want to be , there is still a long and hard way to go.
Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrates in Netanya, photo: Alan Shiver
"The big thing for me is the attitude of the players. We change things a little, and the most important thing is to win games. Our crowd was also amazing. It's a pleasure to play for them."
On the addition of Rarsh Ilya: "I am very satisfied, the whole window my goal is to improve from what we were, and we are better because we added a very good player, very talented with a bright future. Oskar Gloch left us, and everyone should be proud of him, he is going to be a top player . When he left, we tried to bring in someone. Not to replace him, but someone who would improve the team."
Kanikovski celebrates Maccabi Tel Aviv's third, photo: Alan Shiver
On the other hand, Benny Lem concluded: "Obviously, I expected it to be a difficult game. If Tokolmati had scored in the beginning, the game would have ended differently. But this is football, we absorb mistakes and we are focused on Monday. Our goal is to advance to the league. The most important thing is that we did not have any injuries or suspensions before the league In the second half we played better, just a week ago Maccabi Tel Aviv scored a hat trick against the best team in Israel."
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