THE ISRAELI derby between Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv was marred by fan unrest that resulted in 25 MINUTES of added time.
Bitter rivals Maccabi and Hapoel faced off in a heated Premier League clash in Bloomfield on Monday, where some extraordinary scenes unfolded.
Just 16 seconds after kick-off, fans began throwing flares onto the field from both sides and the referee was forced to stop play until order was restored.
When the smoke finally cleared, the match was restarted, only for the pyrotechnics to resume in the 15th minute.
The dramatic derby finally resumed after 23 minutes, but the fans again disrupted the game by throwing balls onto the pitch.
All this excitement left the referee with no choice but to add 25 minutes of added time before half-time.
The first half had everything but goals as the two teams eventually returned to the dressing room with a goalless draw.
The second half, however, was different and Maccabi managed a huge 3-0 win at home.
Oscar Gluh broke the goal after 75 minutes for ex-Watford coach Vladan Ivic’s team.
Former PSV Eindhoven star Eran Zahavi finished the game cleanly after 80 minutes.
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And Dorde Jovanovic added the finishing touches to Maccabi’s triumph in the fourth minute of added time.
Maccabi moved to the top of the Israeli table but also maintained his eight-year unbeaten derby record.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6415649/maccabi-tel-aviv-hapoel-tel-aviv-flares-israel/ The lively Tel Aviv derby sees 25 MINUTES of stoppage time as fans toss flares onto the pitch, creating an incredible wall of red fire