After ten matches since the start of the TASE Premier League season and no goals conceded, Maccabi Tel Aviv are now just 10 minutes away from setting the all-time Israeli record for keeping a clean sheet.

When including the final match of last season, the records show that 11 league matches have passed since the club last let in a goal.

Goalkeeper Daniel Tenenbaum has now kept his goalmouth shut tight for 993 minutes. He last conceded a goal in the 87th minute of last season’s penultimate league clash when Maccabi Haifa’s George Mandjuk equalised for a 1-1 draw. 

Tenenbaum will overtake Maccabi Haifa’s Giora Antman, who kept a clean sheet for 1,002 minutes in the 1988-89 season if he avoids conceding a goal for at least 10 minutes in the next league match, an away clash on November 30 against Kiryat Shmona.

In attack, Maccabi are showing great improvement. Four straight wins have followed the goalless draw against Hapoel Hadera in the sixth round of action, and the goalscoring efforts have improved incrementally — 1-0 over Ashdod, 2-0 over Hapoel Beersheba and Ra’anana and 3-0 on Saturday over Hapoel Haifa.

Eyal Golasa, who was named as the Factory 54 Man of the Match provided two assists in an outstanding game, doing so for the first time since joing the club in 2016-17.

Those assists provided the goalscoring opportunities for Yonatan Cohen and Dor Micha and both have netted three times this season, one less than Chico Ofoedu, who leads all Maccabi scorers with four strikes. Itai Shechter, who came on as a late substitute in place of Ofoedu who pulled up injured, scored the third goal for Maccabi on the night and has scored his second goal this season in his last three outings.

Yonatan Cohen also had his penalty saved by Hapoel Haifa goalkeeper Yasmin Boric, the first time after 13 successful spot kicks that Maccabi did not score.

Jair Amador and Eitan Tibi did well as central defenders and each managed to win the ball off opposing players nine times. Enric Saborit managed eight dispossessions.