Eylon Almog didn’t hide his disappointment that his debut league goal against Hapoel Be’ersheva wasn’t enough to earn Maccabi three valuable points. “we had so many good chances to kill off this match, way before the goal we conceded, but this happens in footbal” he said. “We paid the price for the chances we missed, they were reduced to 10 men, and we should have finished off the chances we created but we didn’t score and then we conceded. We wanted to win this game but it didn’t happen and we have to move on. Now we have a tough game ahead of us as everyone knows what is a derby”.

While Maccabi suffered a blow in their bid to finish second, the race for the runners up spot will go to wire as Almog admitted: “We have a derby before us and everyone at Maccabi knows the meaning of a derby. We want to do our job, win the derby and see if results elsewhere would go in our favour”.