Maccabi “Shachar” Tel Aviv faced Maccabi Petah Tikva in the 4th round of State Cup play. The two sides had already met twice in league play with the first encounter ending 3:3 in Petah Tikva and the second a Yellow & Blue 3:1 win just two weeks ago.

Guy Tzarfati’s Starting XI: Daniel Peretz, Michael Chilaka, Alon Shtrozberg, Amit Glezer, Tomer Mahluf, Tamir Glezer, Mufleh Shalata, Ido Shahar, Edurado Guerrero, Bar Cohen, Rave Assayag.

First Half
Maccabi had the first chance of the match in the 7’ when Chilaka’s attempt went off of the Petah Tikva defense and the rebound chance by Cohen was caught by keeper Matan Galanti. In the 23’ Peretz made a fine save while at the other end of the pitch, a Shalata through ball to Assayag but Galanti again was up to the task.

In the 29’ Guy Kaufman’s chance from 25’ went by Peretz’s goal and a minute later Arad Bar’s header went over the bar. Guerrero gave Assayag a through ball in the 32’ but his chance was cleared off the line and just before the break Ilay Hen’s attempt was saved by Peretz as the sides went into halftime goalless.

Second Half
Guerrero sent Assayag nice ball in the 56’ but the striker’s attempt from midair just missed the goal. In the 61’ Petah Tikva took a 1:0 lead when Chilaka was issued a red card for pulling down a striker and Arad Bar converted the spot kick. But five minutes later the Yellow & Blue drew even at 1:1 when Shahar took the ball outside of the box and slammed it behind the Petah Tikva keeper.

Omri Ram who came on as a substitute almost gave Maccabi the lead in the 72’ but Galanti made the stop while 7 minutes later Liel Avda’s chance for the host’s was caught by Peretz. Eyal Hen and Nadav Nidam teamed up in the 85’ for a quality chance to take the lead but the latter’s chance went over the goal as the score after 90 minutes remained 1:1.

Both sides looked to control the ball and in the 99’ Petah Tikva’s chance went over the goal while in the 117’ Maccabi’s opportunity was caught by the keeper as the contest headed into penalties after 120 minutes.