Mac TA, Kiryat Shmona play to 1-1 draw

Shimon Abu Hazeira’s equalizer with the final kick of the match gave Ironi Kiryat Shmona a 1-1 draw against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the first leg of the State Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday night, significantly boosting the cup-holder’s chances of retaining the title.

Maccabi seemed set to take a 1-0 lead into the second leg at Bloomfield Stadium next Wednesday, with Eran Zahavi opening the scoring in the 44th minute. However, Kiryat Shmona fully deserved to level the score in the third minute of stoppage time and coach Barak Bachar sounded extremely confident of his team’s chances in the return leg, despite conceding what could prove to be a crucial away goal.


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