Summary of Maccabi Haifa's 1:1 draw with Hapoel Hadera (Sport1)
Even with a two point difference at the top, in the evening of Yom, a number of good things happened to Maccabi Haifa yesterday (Wednesday) in the Premier League.
The victory of Hapoel Beer Sheva in its completion game in Doha is a painful reminder that no championship fight is decided in the middle of the second round, and Stav Nahmani's goal, along with the triple substitution that followed (and not because of it), gives Barak Bakr the whip he had to swing for a long time to remind Maccabi Haifa Not only is she the champion, she is soon to be ex.
To replace Omar Atzili, Dolev Haziza and Ali Muhammad in one fell swoop, before the 60th minute, is a statement.
Barak Becher came and said to the substitutes, to his bosses, to the huge audience of Maccabi Haifa: That's it, the summer camp is over, there is no immunity.
Players will sit on the bench not to reduce the load, to distribute forces, or to let the other team play.
They will sit on the bench because they are not good enough.
He sent Frendzi Piero to the stands even earlier and brought Dia Saba on his head.
"The summer camp is over."
The message delivered by Bacher (Photo: Barney Ardov)
Bacher fights with a stabbing guarded by his soldiers.
It currently only works for him roughly.
Batubinsika's goal yesterday was a disgrace on the part of Hadera's defense, but most defenses in the league are disgraceful at Hadera's level.
And yet, Maccabi Haifa scored only 12 goals in the second round, just like Maccabi Netanya, a little more than Po'el Haifa, much less even than Po'el Beer Sheva which has been winning 0:1 for several games in a row.
Maccabi Haifa has not been able to produce a decent football move since the beginning of 2023, since they beat Hapoel B.S. 0:2. Pay attention to their record since then: five games, 8 points, five right goals, five mandatory goals. If not for the victory over Hapoel B. Q In the 16th cycle, we have a new leader yesterday.
Maccabi Haifa has less right goals and more mandatory goals compared to its two rivals.
If not the internal balance between them, if not Aitor Karanka's inability to beat opponents inferior to him, we are talking this morning about the syndrome of the teams that appeared in the Champions League and lost the championship.
Maybe we'll talk more about it.
Bacher took a professional and symbolic act yesterday: he pushed out his three Champions League stars in the middle of a decisive game.
He would also have taken out Charon Sherry if he hadn't realized that without him Haifa would not have the ability to put balls into the box, when the whole game becomes putting balls into the box.
The act would not have been perfect if Bakr had not introduced during this demonstration Dia Saba, who returned to Israeli football hungrier than ever (although it was enough for at least 10 minutes of dizziness for the opponent), the great Mahmoud Jaber, who recovered from an injury, and Pierre Cornot, who is the Black January of Haifa spent mainly in treatments and under the influence of pills.
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Dia Saba (Photo: Shlomi Gabai)
We had something to say in the Champions League about the gap in abilities between Maccabi Haifa's bench and its first team, but since Maccabi Haifa returned to playing only in the league, its first team looks like the shadow of its bench players.
Bacher's need for renewal, expressed in his hunger for change in the transfer window, cried out to the heavens.
His problem is that the substitutes are also disconnected from the main thing and this can only be obtained under a dominant player who can collect the players.
Maybe Neta Lavi did not give what was expected of him since Gamba Osaka's dream of big money came in, but Neta Lavi had a presence, he has weight.
Sometimes this is not reflected in football, it comes in the dressing room, in refining messages, in the character on the field.
Lavi is the type of player who was here in the 80's and 90's, players like Tal Benin, Nir Klinger, Yossi Aboksis.
The role on the field made them a pivot.
The amount of titles they brought was a reflection of the lack of brilliance, because charisma completed everything.
The good news for Maccabi Haifa is that it is still in first place, that its loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv is what separates it from leading in the second round as well, that its opponents are good, but not better than it. The bad news is that Gamba Osaka closed the deal. There is no going back. Haifa, Bacher, the leadership on the field - all on their own.
The bad news for Maccabi Haifa: Neta Lavi is already in Japan (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
There is a championship fight here.
At first glance, Hapoel Beer Sheva does not have the ability of a champion.
This is not a team of the level that won championships with Barak Becher, but Beer Sheva should remember what Becher's third season in the team looked like, roughly like that of Maccabi Haifa this season.
BS then won the championship because it had no worthy opponents (Maccabi Tel Aviv collapsed with Jordi Cruyff on the lines and Beitar Jerusalem of Eli Tabib could never have fought for a championship, certainly not to win it). This is exactly the test of Eliniv Barda: Do to Bachar what they failed to do to him when Barda was still registered as a player.
At this stage of the season, BS is scraping wins. The league is slowly straightening out. In the upper playoffs there will be fewer skirmishes and more heavyweight opponents, think Beitar Jerusalem.
If BS continues to succeed in the alignment, it will have the strength to compete directly for the championship. As long as it is trailing by a difference from the top, it stands a completely different test, a test of character. And it has that. Maccabi Haifa has an audience, strengths, and an experienced coach, Maccabi Tel Aviv has a tie breaking player, Beer Sheva has character.
It may not be aesthetic, but there is a championship fight here.
Be'er Sheva has character, and thanks to him we have a championship fight (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
Potholes in the field
The manager of the soccer league has a lot of good intentions to make the game accessible to the community, not just the gay community, but this is exactly where she fell this week, in two holes, not one.
The postponement of the games, due to fear of crowds fleeing due to abnormal weather, was stupid.
Beyond the fact that soccer games have been held in Israel in more difficult weather conditions in the past, and even in the recent past, it is not certain that there were impossible weather conditions for holding games on Monday, certainly ones that led to the postponement of the postponed game intended for Tuesday.
The reason - fleeing the crowd - did not stand the test of reality.
In practice, in the two postponed games yesterday in which the two leaders of the league played, less than 11 thousand people were present together.
In the entire last round, which was partly held in reasonable weather conditions, less than 40 thousand spectators were present, an amount not recorded in a regular league game since the 26th round of last season.
Sparse crowd attendance in the winter months is not uncommon in Israel in recent years, with and without a storm.
And you also have to remember, when Corona was here and the fields were empty, the league manager did not think about postponing the season, about canceling it, she insisted on holding it.
Who thought of an audience then?
A t-shirt won't help.
Maccabi Haifa players without pride shirts (Photo: Barney Ardov)
The second hole was the decision to identify with the LGBT community in Israel. The intention is good - and I identify with it - but the issue is not a consensus. There are halachic reasons for this, both in the Jewish religion, both in the Muslim religion and among the Catholics. Go change it by wearing t-shirts - you will not succeed The teams that gave their players the freedom of choice as is customary in a democratic country did well, and the manager who took a controversial issue, on which there is no consensus, and built a campaign on it did well. If she had channeled her sympathy this week to the victims of the earthquake in Aram Naharim, she would probably have created a unified public opinion on the issue It
should always be remembered that in any social issue there is a danger of drifting into a political debate, but in humanitarian issues there is a conscientious refrain from going against the flow. The director should be careful of drifting and embrace the consensus.
Hapoel Beer Sheva