A week before the Tel Aviv derby Maccabi continued their good spell yesterday (Saturday) with a 1-0 victory over Kiryat Shmona at Bloomfield stadium.

The victory over Kiryat Shmona was Maccabi’s third successive win in all competitions which stretched the unbeaten run to seven.

The foreigner who scored the fastest goal on his debut

Djordje Jovanovic enjoyed a dream debut as Maccabi’s new signing made a second half substitute appearance on the hour mark and scored his debut Maccabi goal 8 minutes later.

This is the fastest goal for a foreigner on his debut, as Jovanovic improved Moussa Konate’s achievement in 2011/12 as the Senegalese former Maccabi forward scored 9 minutes into his debut. Throughout history, only 5 foreigners in the history of the Israeli league, scored earlier into their debut.

The Saborit show

Enric Saborit marked his return from injury with an outstanding performance as a central defender. The 29-year-old Spaniard rose to the occasion and had an outstanding display with 20 successful defensive challenges – an extra ordinary statistic in the Israeli top flight.

Saborit also registered 10 successful duals from 12 attempts and a 100% success rate (3 of 3) in tackles.

Biton assists once again

Dan Biton created his second successive assist against Kiryat Shmona, following the assist he gave to Eden Shamir against Ashdod a week earlier. This is the 5th assist of the 26-year-old midfielder in all competitions.

Another player who enjoyed an almost perfect match is Tal Ben Chaim who had a 100% successful passes with 21 from 21, lost possession once and had 2 shots on target which were saved by the keeper.