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Israel derby postponed THREE times after crowd riots as 25 minutes added to first half

The Israeli derby between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv was overshadowed by crowd problems, leading to 25 minutes of added time.

Maccabi and Hapoel faced each other in the Tel Aviv derby in the Israeli Premier League in a heated duel that saw a barrage of flares thrown onto the pitch from either end of the stadium, resulting in three lengthy stoppages in the first half.

Maccabi ended up defeating Hapoel 3-0 thanks to three second-half goals after the first half lasted an incredible 70 minutes.

Play was delayed three times, with the first interruption occurring after just 16 seconds and play suspended until order was restored.

There was another pause in the 15th minute as more flares were thrown onto the field, causing more chaos.

Play resumed eight minutes later but was then halted for the third time as fans threw remarkable balls onto the pitch.

After the first two stoppages for Flares, Hapoel fans keep throwing balls to thwart Maccabi attacks while their rivals are currently flying high at the top of the league.

This meant the referee added 25 minutes to the first half, with the result being goalless after a heavily disrupted period at the break.

The penalty boxes were riddled with burn marks and it was questionable whether the game could be stopped before a warning was broadcast about the tanning facility.

Maccabi defender Maor Kandli almost scored one of the youngest first-half goals in history when he scored in the 61st minute of the first half before VAR decided the goal.

There was no trouble in the second half as Maccabi scored three goals in the final 15 minutes of the game to continue his fine start to the season under former Watford manager Vladan Ivic.

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