Maccabi Tel Aviv returned to action as they defeated the Under-21 Israel National Team 3:1 at the Raanana Stadium. The match took place roughly a week before the Yellow & Blue returned to League action against Maccabi Petah Tikva as Vladimir Ivic’s squad took home the win over Marko Balbul’s team.
Maccabi used the match to give minutes to many of the players and to keep them in game shape over the course of the 3 week break. The Yellow & Blue took control of the contest but it was the Under-21 Israel National Team that scored first as Omer Lakau found the back of the goal in the 23’. Five minutes before the break, Maccabi found the equalizer via Aaron Schoenfeld who scored off a perfect free kick by Eliran Atar.
In the 76’ Maccabi took the lead thanks to Avi Rikan who put home another Atar assist this time behind Haviv Ohayon who played a half for each team. Dor Micha made it 3:1 in the 90’ with a shot from 14 meters that went into the far corner of the goal.
Maccabi Tel Aviv Starting XI: Ohayon (Tenenbaum 46’), Kandil (Chilaka 77’), Amador, Piven (Hen 83’), Cohen (Glazer 73’), Rikan, Barsky (Micha 77’), Ofoedu (Kartzev 50’), Hozez (Atzily 62’), Atar (Shachar 83’), Schoenfeld (Shechter 62’).