Recap: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0:1/Sport1
Maccabi Haifa secured its second victory since the return of the Premier League from the forced war break and a third consecutive victory, beating Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0-1 thanks to a dramatic goal by Dean David in the third minute of extra time. The champions, who announced that they would also play in white in home games until all the hostages returned home, were superior in most phases of the game, but were stopped by young Niv Eliassi until the substitute striker arrived and scored his first goal this season in the league that promoted Maccabi Haifa to third place.
On Wednesday, Maccabi Haifa will host Spanish side Villarreal in a third-round Europa League match, while Hapoel Be'er Sheva will host Bnei Sakhnin in the seventh round of the Premier League that evening.
"I don't like players touching the phone at halftime." Masai/Maor Elkeslassy
Masai concluded: "The first half we could have finished 0-2 or 0-3, so we saw it go to 0-0 and it's disappointing because we were in control. We knew that Hapoel Be'er Sheva was coming after a long time without an official game and it hurts our legs, there's nothing sweeter than that. The exchanges didn't bring the change I wanted. Dean David? In the end, there are two very quality strikers here, him and Franzi Piero, both of whom are very important to me. We're going into a crazy schedule of nine games just this month, everyone will play. Lior Rafalov came off the bench and within a few minutes brought a great assist."
On Dia Seba: "Right now he's not in the plans and I'm less concerned with it. Soon the club will issue an orderly announcement, it's not simple."
On the sign affair for the abductees: "I don't like players touching the phone at halftime. As soon as one player receives hateful messages from people who just wore his shirts, who are Maccabi Haifa fans, players take it hard, certainly the foreigners. They support us, the state and the whole issue of the abductees. We went through this event. The club ran exceptionally well. It's time for us to really get involved in football and everyone to go home. We have a lot of fans who have lost their lives, it's time to get back into football. The foreigners leave their families and do everything to the group. We have a captain who was in hospital with his child and he's doing everything to be here. In the second half against Hapoel Petah Tikva we had a completely different mind."
On the rest of the season: "The league? Every game is important. Our roster is very, very short. Wounded Haziza, Seba not in the plans. Rennes are a Champions League team in my opinion, if we had started with a full line-up and even today, we wouldn't have been able to keep playing like that. You can't play with the same lineup. Me and the team do our job quietly. I understand the fans' pain over losing to Rennes, but it doesn't always turn out that way. You have to use them all."
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"Of course I want to open." Dean David/Maor Elkeslassy
Dean David, scorer of the victory goal: "It's always fun to come in and try to help the team. I'm glad I got to score today, we came in with good energy, both Lior and me. Glad we could win, I will continue to work and improve as much as possible. Of course I want to open, but there is a team that makes the decisions. I will try to train well and prove my place in the lineup. I want to surpass the number of goals from last season, I love these challenges. That's what I'm playing for. It's hard to rejoice in this situation, we're waiting for all the abductees."
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