Soccer / Mac. Haifa Beats Hapoel in Derby

Maccabi Haifa, standing in first place, beat city rival Hapoel 2-1 yesterday.

Maccabi Haifa, standing in first place, beat city rival Hapoel 2-1 yesterday.

It looks like it might be the last Haifa derby for a while, as last-place Hapoel seems destined for relegation at the end of the season.

Hapoel played well in the first half, keeping up with last year's champs, who look likely to repeat, but the bottom line is: Hapoel is deep in last place.

Maccabi opened strong, like in previous derbies. Roberto Colautti, who made it 1-0. Hapoel's Jeff Tatuana then made it 1-1. Tatuana made the post shake in the 40th minute, but that was the end of Hapoel's attacks.

Maccabi's second goal was only a matter of time. In the 78th minute, substitute Gustavo Boccoli made it 2-1.

Maccabi Petah Tikva defeated Hapoel Be'er Sheva 3-1 yesterday, triggering a management change at the Negev club.

Gal Alberman scored for Maccabi after 50 seconds, "before we even had a chance to sit down," as outgoing Be'er Sheva coach Eli Cohen said.

Cohen was given his marching papers shortly after the game, after 16 weeks at the club. He will be replaced by the team's former coach, Michael "Lufa" Kadosh.

Rubil Sarsur made it 2-0 for Petah Tikva nine minutes later after a bad mistake by Hapoel defender Martin Sarich. Stanislav Dubrovin made it 3-0 in the 49th minute.

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv finished their "mini-derby" 1-1.

After the game, Maccabi coach Nir Klinger said, "We blew a great victory. We were the better team, both before and after the sending off... We gave up the goal because of a lack of concentration."

Ofir Haim scored for Maccabi in the 68th minute. Four minutes later Bnei Yehuda's Geva Barkai made it 1-1.

Ashdod SC and Hapoel Tel Aviv also finished 1-1 yesterday, in Ashdod.

Emmanual Ovadia made put the hosts ahead in the 56th minute and Tal Chen tied up the game in the 90th minute, lifting Hapoel four points above the relegation zone.