Maccabi Tel Aviv traveled to the Acre Stadium last night and recorded a 4:1 win over Bnei Sakhnin in the first leg of the State Cup quarterfinals. Just after the Yellow & Blue took hold of the two legged tie let’s look back at the most interesting numbers from the victory.
The stat of the week
For those who love statistics we’ve got a super one for you. The 4:1 win was the 5th time Maccabi scored four goals after drawing 1:1.
In September, the Yellow & Blue drew 1:1 at Hapoel Beer Sheva and then defeated Raanana 4:1. In December, Vladimir Ivic’s squad took out Ashdod 4:0 after a 1:1 draw against Maccabi Petah Tikva. Last month following a 1:1 Derby, Maccabi beat Hapoel Acre 4:0 and last night we had a 4:1 victory after a 1:1 draw against Hapoel Haifa.
If that’s not enough for you, we can go back to training camp when Maccabi drew 1:1 against Arka Gdynia and then defeated Bytovia Bytów 4:0. How about that!
Will Monday be a different story?
On Monday, Maccabi will visit Bnei Sakhnin once again but this time in league action. Past experiences will show that the Yellow & Blue have to be very careful regardless of the result on Wednesday night.
In 2015/16 Maccabi defeated Sakhnin in the State Cup semifinal and just four days later they went to Doha and drew 0:0 in a critical contest.
When Micha plays in the quarterfinals
Dor Micha’s wonderful goal was the talk of the town last night and was just the continuation of his fine play this season. In 64 minutes on the pitch, Micha scored his 4th goal in his last 7 matches while also recording 3 assists as well.
Micha has scored some gorgeous goals in State Cup quarterfinals including this one in 2015/16 (4:20 mark in the video below):
State Cup scorer
Yonatan Cohen was given a place in the Starting XI and scored a brace. So far in State Cup action he’s scored the winning goal against Beitar Jerusalem in the Round of 32, a brace against Hapoel Acre in the Round of 16 and another pair of markers versus Bnei Sakhnin in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
Cohen has 9 goals in 14 appearances across all competitions.
In fact, Cohen’s 9 goals have been scored in 744 minutes, for an average of a goal every 82.6 minutes. As for the Cup, Cohen has scored 5 goals in 183 minutes for an average of one goal every 36.6 minutes.
Is Saborit headed to Spain’s National Team?
Enric Saborit is putting up wonderful numbers this season and we’re sure that Spain coach Luis Enrique is watching (check out the tweet below). Saborit assisted on Chico Ofoedu’s goal, Maccabi’s first last night and also scored the lone Yellow & Blue goal against Hapoel Haifa.
Ofoedu has now scored 7 goals across all competitions and also assisted on one of Cohen’s goal for his second helper of the season.
Hi @LUISENRIQUE21, we know that you follow Maccabi but in case you missed @E_Saborit’s last goal it’s right here. So for your next match consider Saborit for the squad (by the way he also assisted today) pic.twitter.com/HAX0fECou4
— Maccabi Tel-Aviv (@MaccabiTLVFC) February 6, 2019