Three reds, three penalties, a makeover and a game that Maccabi Haifa will not forget for a very long time. The champion lost tonight (Sunday) at home 2: 1 to Hapoel Beer Sheva in a game that had just about everything, but it ended in the most cruel way for the Greens, who may still regret the loss of this points.
Haifa received a penalty at the start of the game after a doubtful failure on Azili, who was accurate himself and set 0: 1. The game was already in Haifa’s hands after Roi Gordana was sent off with a red card in the 19th minute, but instead of increasing the advantage, Haifa settled for 0: 1 and was punished with a memorable end to the game. It started in the 83rd minute, when Be’er Sheva received a penalty with the help of the VAR after a hand touch by a noble Omar, who was also sent off. Abu ‘Abid Dyke from the penalty spot, but Haifa lost another penalty by Abu’ Abid in the 97th minute (!) After Ofri Arad caught Itai Schechter in the open, who rushed to the break alone in front of Josh Cohen.
If that wasn’t enough, at the end of the game Noble Omar complained of severe pain in the back thigh muscle. The medical team diagnosed a stretch and the contact will undergo an ultrasound examination tomorrow to find out his condition. The league may be on holiday and Noble is sent off anyway, but he is in great doubt for the team’s game against Scotland this weekend.
Barak Bachar said at the end: “It felt like the game was in our hands and then we made mistakes. We had to give the second and win. It happened and only we are to blame. We started the game great and then the goal and then the red made us feel too comfortable. We talked about not being complacent in front “Such a team, we suffered a hallucinatory loss that should not happen, but it did happen. We made mistakes out of a good and pleasant feeling that the game was over. We started the game well and fell for the hallucinatory things.”
On the refereeing: “We don’t blame them, we only have to blame ourselves. We have to rest now, we went through a very intense period. I would rather have a game in three days, but that’s the reality.”