Bosnia / Herzegovina international midfielder HARIS MEDUNJANIN of FC Maccabi Tel Aviv, who led the Yellows with four goals during the UEFA Europa League schedule and tallied a first-ever strike for his country opposite Slovakia earlier this season, scored his team-leading sixth goal this term in Ligat ha’Al for new manager Motti Ivanir in the first half against FC BNEI SAKHNIN at the Doha Stadium on Saturday. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)
Two goals inside the final twenty minutes by Israel international striker ROBERTO COLAUTTI, a second half substitute, snapped the deadlock and settled the issue as visiting FC MACCABI TEL AVIV defeated stubborn FC BNEI SAKHNIN 3-1 to retain sole possession of third place in Ligat ha’Al.
A second game-winning strike in as many matches, then, for the former Borussia Moenchengladbach forward who arrived in Tel Aviv this summer on a free transfer — oddly enough, Colautti was sent on just after the hour mark in favor of Israel international midfielder GAL ALBERMAN, who was a teammate of the Argentine-born striker the past two seasons with die Fohlen in Germany.
Apparently, the recent change in management agrees with Colautti, who scored just two goals through FC Maccabi Tel Aviv’s first 16 contests in Ligat ha’Al this campaign. The 28-year-old had registered but a single strike for the Yellows in the UEFA Europa League, also. Including last Monday’s match-winner in the 1-0 win over FC Beitar Jerusalem, Colautti has recorded three goals in his last two games.
FC MACCABI TEL AVIV — Strauber ; Ziv, Nivaldo, Pavicevic, Saban ; Sidibie, Alberman (Colautti 63′), Medunjanin (Yeini 76′), Israelevich ; Avidor (Buzaglo 68′), Atar