Relieved Mac TA squeaks by Ashkelon

An acrobatic Barak Itzhaki volley against his boyhood club spared Maccabi Tel Aviv’s blushes and secured its progress to the quarterfinals of the State Cup for the first time in 10 years on Tuesday night.

Maccabi struggled to break down Ashkelon’s defense until Itzhaki netted the winner in the 84th minute to give the yellow- and-blue a 1-0 victory over third-division Hapoel Ashkelon at Bloomfield Stadium.

Ashkelon had recorded the upset of the season to date by knocking out Beitar Jerusalem in the round-of-32 and had its chances on Tuesday.


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