Maccabi Tel Aviv officially lifted the 2018/19 Championship Plate following a 3:0 win over Maccabi Netanya. Itay Shechter scored in the 34’ while Dor Peretz and Dan Glezer found the back of the goal in the second half. On Sunday Maccabi will host the 23rd Championship celebrations at Live Park in Rishon Le’Zion.
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Head Coach Vladimir Ivic’s Starting XI included keeper Predrag Rajkovic, Eli Dasa, Jair Amador, Eitan Tibi, Sheran Yeini, Enric Saborit, Dan Glezer, Dor Peretz, Avi Rikan, Yonatan Cohen, Itay Shechter.
Available on the bench: Daniel Tenenbaum, Chico Ofoedu, Ofir Davidzada, Maor Kandil, Shahar Piven, Nadav Nidam, Bar Cohen.
Netanya had the first chance of the match when Moti Barshatzky tried to beat Rajkovic from a tough angled shot in the box but the Yellow & Blue keeper made the save. Rikan sent a nice cross to Cohen but Dani Amos made the stop. The Netanya keeper again was up to the task when he made the save on Peretz’s header via a Dasa cross.
In the 34’ Maccabi finally broke the ice when Cohen sent Shechter a nice pass as the latter headed home the ball for a 1:0 lead ahead of the half-time break.
In the 50’ Shechter scored again via an individual effort, but VAR showed that the goal was offside. However, four minutes later Peretz scored a gorgeous goal from the left side when he rifled the ball by Amos and into the Netanya goal for a 2:0 lead.
Maccabi continued to control the pace of play as Cohen tried his luck on the 60’ but Amos made the stop. Five minutes later Ivic made his first substitute when Chico Ofoedu replaced Cohen while in the 78’ Vicki Kahlon was issued his 2nd yellow card, leaving Netanya with 10 men.
In the 83’ Ofoedu almost added to the lead but his effort came up short and in the 85’ Bar Cohen made his Maccabi debut in place of Rikan. During injury time Glezer scored his first goal in Yellow & Blue thanks to a counter attack led by Shechter as the midfielder scored from 17 meters to wrap up a 3:0 win.