Maccabi Tel Aviv's championship dreams suffered another fatal blow tonight (Saturday), with a 2:1 home loss to Hapoel Jerusalem, in the penultimate round of the regular season.
Meaning: Maccabi Haifa can increase the gap from the Yellows to eight points, if they beat Hapoel Haifa in the derby on Monday.
The opening was actually excellent, with an early goal by Eran Zahavi (4), but Guy Badash equalized from the penalty spot (60), completed a beautiful turnaround (63) and brought his team very close to the top playoffs.
For Maccabi Tel Aviv, this is their first league loss at Bloomfield after 26 games, for the first time since October 2021, and their first league loss against Hapoel Jerusalem since October 1998.
After the final whistle, the Maccabi Tel Aviv players approached the crowd - which responded with raucous boos - whistles that were also heard after the substitution The double performed by Aitor Kranka in the 60th minute, when Dan Glazer and Dor Peretz came in instead of Gabi Kanikovski and Parfa Giagon.
Chants of "resign, resign" were also heard at the end of the game.
in bundles of trouble.
Crank (photo: Danny Maron)
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"Everything I say, I might regret it tomorrow," said Aitor Karanka.
"It's my responsibility, I made a substitution and we conceded two goals. I don't remember a single chance by Hapoel Jerusalem, but it's my mistake. I felt that fresh legs were needed on the field, Dan Glazer is the best in the league in his position. I'll have to watch the game again to analyze it properly Better. My body language? It was the same at the beginning as at the end. We need to understand what happened to us and think about the next game."
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A lot of frustration.
Zahavi (Photo: Danny Maron)
Eran Zahavi added: "We will need a whole edition to sum it up... We started the game excellently, and suddenly there was a drastic drop. We were not able to respond, we did not score the second goal, a bit of my responsibility. We conceded easy goals, we came under pressure, it feels like when we get a goal There is a pressure press at home and we have a bit of difficulty coping with it. We have difficulty creating situations and scoring goals. I have seen a very stressed team. What is not working in the team? In one word: everything. Everything is not working for us at the moment, I don't want to go into too much detail. None of us do You do the job properly, and that goes all the way up, including the team, including the crowd, including everyone, we are one club."
Regarding the boos, the star said: "I can understand the crowd's disappointment, we also want to play better, but there are players here who have gone through upheavals and we need to respect them. To leave us booed like this on the field is unpleasant. The players give everything, everyone gives 200 A percentage and we want to stay together, I expect the crowd not to boo. We will have to join together and do much better. My goal is worth nothing, you can also remove it from the statistics, I didn't come back to be the top scorer but to win the championship. Unfortunately I can't do it either That. You can do anything, but not like this. Hapoel Jerusalem did a very good job, I want to congratulate them, they made a very big game of sacrifice."
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