Maccabi Tel Aviv falls to Ashdod, Van Leeuwen eliminated
After a very slow start in the Israeli Premier League, Maccabi Tel Aviv fired head coach Patrick van Leeuwen following the club’s shocking 2-0 home loss to Ashdod SC on Monday night ahead of more than 17 000 vocal fans.
The Dutchman who arrived in 2016 to become the club’s performance director did a masterful job around the youth department and then moved on to coaching. In fact, the team’s results in Europe this season have been excellent as Maccabi lead their UEFA Conference League group and come off a 5-0 victory over HJK in Helsinki, Finland.
But that apparently wasn’t enough, as it had been reported in several media that there was a disconnect between the players and Van Leeuwen. With owner Mitch Goldhar’s representative Jack Angelides accompanying the team to Finland and attending the game in Tel Aviv, the official announcement that the club would be parting ways with the 52-year-old coach came just two hours after the loss of Monday.
“Patrick has made a huge contribution to Maccabi Tel Aviv FC since taking charge of the youth academy and performance director,” Goldhar said on the Maccabi official website. “Since joining the Maccabi over five years ago, Patrick has demonstrated a strong work ethic and loyalty to the club, for which I and the Maccabi owe a debt of gratitude. I wish Patrick all the best for the future.
As for Monday’s game itself, Maccabi captain Sheran Yeini was sent off for a reckless tackle on Fahad Bayo in the 20th minute and Naor Sabag took full advantage of the extra man to give Ashdod a 1-0 lead. .
Either Inbrum doubled the advantage in the 82nd minute to allow Ran Ben Shimon’s side to take the three points and the victory to pass to one point from Maccabi.
“Even at 11 against 11, we still played better than Maccabi Tel Aviv,” began Ben Shimon. “Our players trained well, that’s why we won this game. We came to play today and needed points to get closer to exiting the relegation zone.
“It’s a tough night,” Van Leeuwen said even before being relieved of his duties. “We got a red card after several minutes of play and it changed our plan and influenced the game. After the international game you have to stay in the game, which we could have after 1-0. We had to move forward. “
Meanwhile, in the north, Maccabi Haifa beat Maccabi Netanya 2-0 to continue moving up the standings.
Dolev Haziza opened the scoring early for the Greens when he grabbed a pass from Omer Atzily in the fifth minute to beat Dani Amos to a 1-0 lead. Atzily then took a deep pass from Godsway Donyoh 35 minutes later and scored to wrap up the win before the break.
“I was not happy with the way we played in the second half and we allowed Netanya to reduce our lead to 2-1,” said Haifa coach Barak Bashar after his team won. victory as he focused on what his team needed. to improve.
“Exhaustion is just an excuse after our European match and I leave this match with a bad feeling despite the victory.”
Elsewhere, Hapoel Tel Aviv blanked Hapoel Hadera 3-0 to welcome head coach Nir Klinger back after serving a long suspension for his actions in the State Cup of the Year final last that kept him away.
Menachem Koretzky’s club loss was their first of the campaign as the Reds continued their good game since the start of the season.
“It was important for me to get back into the action,” Klinger said after the win. “I want to thank my staff, who did a fantastic job during my absence. We prepared very well for this match and we were able to play against them. We had a tough time in the first half, but then we made some corrections and did the right thing. “
In the south, Hapoel Beersheba beat Hapoel Jerusalem 3-1 at Turner Stadium in the desert capital as Roni Levy’s side continued their fine play in a dominant fashion.
Nikita Rukavytsya scored his first goal of the season with his new club when he nodded to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.
Ramzi Safuri dealt with a pass from Rukavytsya 25 minutes later to extend the lead to 2-0 while Tomer Yosefi added the third goal midway through the second half to take the lead.
Idan Shemesh scored a late goal for Ziv Arie’s side, but it was too little, too late as Beersheba pocketed the 3 points.
“We always strive to be better, but we have a lot of new players and it takes time,” said Levy. “We want to get good results and I think over time we will be even better. Nikita is a very important player for us and it’s great to see all of our forwards score.
In the capital, Beitar Jerusalem slipped 2-1 over Hapoel Haifa as Tamir Adi’s second goal secured Erwin Koeman’s side the win.
Yarden Shua and Alon Turgeman exchanged first-half goals, the latter entering the stoppage time.
But Haifa’s Itay Boganim was sent off with a second yellow card in the 55th minute, reducing the Carmel Reds to 10 men, which gave Beitar the advantage for the remainder of the half.
Tamir Adi quickly took matters into his own hands and three minutes later scored to give Beitar all three points at home.
“I think this win really took the pressure off us and the fans,” Koeman said after the win. “These are three very important points. There were both good and bad things in this game, but we were patient, controlled the ball and created chances when we had the power play.
Meanwhile, Maccabi Petah Tikva demolished Hapoel Nof HaGalil 4-0 at Moshava Stadium as Muhammed Awaad scored two second-half penalties to help the hosts secure the victory.
Lameck Banda scored a formidable goal in a 16th-minute throw-in to give Guy Luzon’s side a 1-0 lead which was doubled early in the second half when James Adeniyi doubled down the score. Awaad then dealt with two late-game kicks to complete a 4-0 win to grab the points.
In the Galilee, Ironi Kiryat Shmona crushed Bnei Sakhnin 3-0 as Amir Nussbaum’s side scored a superb away victory.
Morgan Ferrier headed the first goal in the 29th minute while Itamar Shviro added a second goal just 11 seconds into the second half after Yadin Lugasi stole the ball to send the Israeli striker to his path. Lugasi then found the back of the goal himself to give the northern side a fine 3-0 victory.