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The Maccabi Haifa coach was happy after the 1:2: "It's important to start the playoffs like this." The man on the lines in Ashdod: "Kanaan is the penalty kicker, it's part of life"

Summary of Maccabi Haifa's victory 1:2 over MS.

Ashdod (Sport 1)

Maccabi Haifa opened the top playoffs tonight (Saturday) with a 1:2 victory over MS.

Ashdod from Omer Azili's penalties.

A crazy first half gave the spectators four penalties and the expulsion of Dylan Batincika who will not play against Hapoel Beer Sheva in this season's game.

Elton Akultsa scored the visitors' first from the penalty spot, but the league's top scorer's 17th and 18th goals gave the champions three crucial points, with Mohamed Kanaan earlier missing a chance to double the lead with a penalty.

Apart from Tubinsika, Mohamed Abu Fani and Pierre Cornot also saw yellow cards, and they will miss the game against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the third round of the top playoffs.

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Barak Becher, coach of Maccabi Haifa (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)

Barak Becher: "Crazy things developed, playing 80 minutes with 10 players against such a team is something crazy. The crowd knows how to lift us up in difficult minutes and there is no doubt that it was significant. The feelings were difficult at the start, because we came so prepared. We felt that we were in the game and then things happened Unexpected things and falling behind against a really good team. But after the second missed penalty, I saw the players going crazy, along with the crowd, and it's one of the biggest victories here in recent years. It's hard to play great football in a situation like this, we became more tactical after the mess in the first half. Ashdod is a talented and high-quality team, everyone gave more than 100 percent and it's fun to win like that."

The coach continued: "We made mistakes, both the penalty and the red, also the second penalty, but we started well. One mistake changed the momentum, it's part of the game. It took us a while to react, but we managed to win a very difficult game. Piero was one of the best today, he gave us air and faced excellent brakes. He was excellent today,

Before the season's game: "It's important to start the playoffs like this, the joy was not usual because of everything that happened, but now we will go to the break and after that we will prepare for the next game. Hapoel Beer Sheva is a very strong team, with a good coach and assistant coach (with a smile) and it will be a real season game" .

continues his own.

Atzili (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)

Omar Atzili: "Even in a less good time, the most important thing is to enjoy training and games. That's what I did and that's what I continue to do even now. Trailing 1:0, with Hamudi's penalty, we were a little discouraged, but what a victory! Here at Sami Ofer, everything is possible, The crowd pushed us like crazy. This transformation belongs to all of Maccabi Haifa."

The contact added: "From a personal point of view, first of all, I'm interested in another championship at Maccabi Haifa. On the personal side, it's clear that I want as many goals and assists as possible. The most important thing for me is to enjoy every day. Championships and victories are fun, but what's important to me is waking up happy every morning."

Not disappointed with the players, just the result.

Ben Shimon (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)

Coach M.S.

Ashdod's Ran Ben Shimon concluded: "I don't feel disappointed - maybe only from the result. We got into enough situations to score goals and I think that if we had equalized, we would have returned to the game. It upsets me that we lost to ourselves. We were here, it was up to us. We didn't conduct ourselves correctly When we were leading 0:1 and made a mistake of arrogance. Even in the draw they came under pressure. We could have won and maybe in a tie situation we should have stopped for a moment."

Ben Shimon added: "We didn't take advantage of our momentum. It's a matter of naivety, lack of sharpness, bad decisions in the front. We had a huge second half, but we didn't succeed. I see my players going and arguing with the players in a 0:1 situation for us . The more turbulent the opponent is, you have to be calmer. But we have young guys who are not used to that."

The coach was asked why Hamodi Kiel kicked the second penalty (and missed) after Alton Akultsa scored the first: "Hamodi is our penalty kicker. He gave Elton the first one because he felt less confident. In the second penalty he felt more confident, maybe because we were leading and we were up against 10 players It's part of life, we should have won regardless of missing the penalty."


Canaan (Photo: Maor Elkselsi)

Akoltsa summed up the loss and the penalties handed out in Ashdod: "Instead of going forward, we went too far back. I didn't let Canaan kick, he let me. He is our kicker and he let me kick the first one. We still have a lot to achieve in the playoffs, we'll think about the next game."

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Source: walla

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