In what resembled more of a rugby score, Inter Aliyah took apart the league’s whipping boys, Maccabi Pardes Katz, handing them one of their worst defeats of the season with a 17-0 result.
Pardes Katz have yet to earn a point all season and their chances of doing so Friday were extinguished almost immediately as the all-olim attack went to work. The hosts were 10-0 up by halftime, with Fernando Zatz scoring four goals (including a hat trick of headers), Oded Puzis hitting three, Azanao Aristo grabbing a brace and Roey Sartov also getting in on the act.
After the halftime break, Puzis hit two more, while Evyatar Erez and Vlad Kart continued their goals-coring run of form with a goal each. Dandy Okongo and captain Sam Sank scored their first goals of the season to ensure that Inter ended the weekend in fifth place, just six points off the summit.
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In the International Football League of Israel, Inter Aliyah B shocked league leader and previously unbeaten Estudiantes 3-1, which were so frustrated they ended up with just eight players.
Inter Aliyah set up in a 5-3-1-1 formation and the first few minutes of the game were close, with most of the chances coming to Estudiantes. Goalkeeper Ehud Eblagan played fiercely in the first half, keeping out everything that came near him. David Schumann went forward and as he was about to shoot was fouled. He stepped up for the free kick and found the bottom corner.
Estudiantes equalized early in the second half, but new signing Daniel Pelaez answered with a fantastic run, winning a penalty that put Inter Aliyah up 2-1. What followed was a lot of pressure and many shots on goal, but Daniel Roche made some great saves, especially from a free kick that was headed for the bottom corner.
With all the missed chances came frustration and a fight occurred in our box where the Inter Aliyah goalkeeper was attacked as well as Sam Sank. Two red cards followed, leaving Estudiantes with nine men. A fantastic run by Nicolas Straub found Ran Sarusi in the box, who got his first goal of the season. Roche a few minutes later was kicked and Estudiantes had another player sent off.