Golasa’s golazo leads Maccabi over Hapoel in the Haifa derby; Keeper Anyema scores from the spot for Hapoel Tel Aviv

Hapoel Haifa 0 – Maccabi Haifa 1 (Ligat ha’Al, December 28, 2009) An Eyal Golasa moment of brilliance gave league leaders Maccabi Haifa a narrow victory over cross-town rival Hapoel in a tense encounter which featured more yellow cards than shots on goal.

Bnei Yehuda 2 – Maccabi Netanya 1 (Ligat ha’Al, December 27, 2009) Pedro Galvan’s brace put an end to Netanya’s four-game winning streak as host Bnei Yehuda moved level on points with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel’s top flight.

Hapoel Ramat Gan 0 – Hapoel Tel Aviv 3 (Ligat ha’Al, December 26, 2009) High-flying Hapoel continued to cut down Maccabi Haifa’s lead at the top of the league with their eighth straight league win, goalie Vincent Anyema getting on the scoresheet with a penalty.

Hapoel Acco 1 – Hapoel Beer-Sheva 3 (Ligat ha’Al, December 26, 2009) A hopeless defensive show from Hapoel Acco contributed to their own downfall, with the worst moment arriving when home striker Omri Elmakayes smacked a ball against his own bar to set up the visitors’ third.