Israeli Soccer: Kiryat Shmona edges Maccabi Tel Aviv in latest match

The Israeli Super Cup made a dramatic return on Saturday, with last season’s runner-up Ironi Kiryat Shmona beating treble winner Maccabi Tel Aviv 5-4 in a penalty shootout in Netanya after extra-time ended in a 2-2 draw.

Kiryat Shmona played with 10 men from the 58th minute and twice trailed against the yellowand- blue, with Eran Zahavi netting a brace.

However, the northerners leveled the score in the 74th minute to force extra-time and equalized in the 115th minute to send the showdown to penalties. Zahavi couldn’t convert his spot kick in the shootout, and after Dor Micha missed Maccabi’s sixth attempt, youngster Eli Balilti converted his shot to win the Super Cup, which was making its return after a 26-year hiatus.


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