Maccabi Haifa could not stop the dominance of rivals and Liga Ha’Al leaders Maccabi Tel-Aviv when the sides clashed at the Sammy Ofer Stadium on Monday.
The hosts were three points behind Tel-Aviv and in second place on the log before the game, but saw the deficit stretched to six after the 4-3 defeat.
Haifa’s Nigerian defender Ikuowem Utin had predicted a tough game for his side, when he spoke with brila.net , and it proved to be.
Both sides entered the game with similar run of forms, in their last five games, with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss each.
On the night though, Tel-Aviv showed dominance taking a first-half lead.
They added the second upon resumption to stretch the lead to two, but it sparked a response from the hosts, who hit with a quick double to level the scores.
Tel- Aviv were next to score and restored their lead, but with two minutes before the end of regulation time the hosts drew level.
The Israel Clasico was living up to its claim and with scores tied at 3-3, it looked like nothing could separate the sides.
But, the League leaders had one more ask, and with three minutes of additional time on the clock, they grabbed the match winner.
Two Nigerians made the match day squad, Utin was an unused substitute, while Chikeluba Ofoedu came off the bench in the 77th minute.
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