Haifa weren't in great shape all season but they got in form JUST IN TIME!! When everyone spoke and flatterred Hapoel's success in Europe Haifa started to tear the league apart! They scored 5 goals in each and every one of their last 5 games.
It doesn't matter how many games... Maccabi Haifa are sharks and are looking for prowlers! you will see a lot of more of maccabi in the end and maybe they will succeed! Who knows!
I see the only match for Maccabi is Maccabi Tel aviv and they simply fallen! Something went wrong for Hapoel, since UEFA, so maybe there is some potential for teams like Ashdod and Hap. Petach Tikva to compete in the finals??
I think that even mathematically and theoritically, NONE of the teams to save Hapoel have the slighest chance to close the gap on Haifa. As for the State Cup everything is possible but Ashdod are out of the cup.
The championship if the first place in the league, not the cup.
The State Cup (or Israeli Cup) is where ALL divisions (not just top 3) play to win it.
There is no final for the championships. The game between Maccabi Haifa and MACCABI Tel Aviv (not Hapoel), where the incident occured was just in the final round of league. Haifa won the chmpionship 3 rounds earlier!