Captain Sheran Yeini leaves in no doubt that Maccabi Tel Aviv were looking for all three points last night against Maccabi Haifa., but adds: "At this stage it's a very important result"

Only once this season had Maccabi Tel Aviv ended a match in a goalless draw, but yesterday against Maccabi Haifa in what was widely billed as the "match of the season" it happened again. In a highly tactical match devoid of eye-catching moments, the league's leading offence, Maccabi Tel Aviv with 62 goals, struggled to find a way through the Maccabi Haifa defence. At the other end the MTA defence made sure their keeper Vincent Enyeama had a comfortable night. MTA head coach Oscar Garcia analysed the match and said:" Tonight's match was balanced. We wanted to win but that wasn't possible. We played a team that has won 15 of their last 18 matches and we did as best we could."

Captain Sheran Yeini also explained Maccabi Tel Aviv's tactical approach to the match: "We wanted to win this match but the game developed in such a way as to prevent either side from threatening the other's goal. That suited us better so we had no reason to attack and get caught in the counter. We're quite pleased with the result, of course we could have played better, but at this stage it's a very important result for us".  Maccabi defender Eitan Tibi is looking ahead to the next match and to the rest of the season: "Like for every match this season, and a play-off match is not just another match, and the next one too at Kiryat Shmona, we know how to prepare ourselves and trust us, we'll do it."