Maccabi Tel Aviv returned to the top of the Premier League standings in
resounding fashion on Monday night, thrashing Hapoel Beersheba 5-0 at Bloomfield
Maccabi had won just two of its previous five matches, but it
improved its already-impressive home record on Monday, winning for the eighth
time in nine encounters, including its past four by a combined goal difference
The three points were effectively secured by the 13th minute
following early goals from Steve Gohouri (5) and Eliran Atar (13), with Atar
(43), Maharan Radi (68) and Moshe Lugasi (80) compounding the misery on the
sorry Beersheba, which lost for the fourth time in five games.
this is a result of our work,” said Maccabi coach Oscar Garcia, whose team
opened a two-point lead over Hapoel Tel Aviv. “In this league teamwork is the
key and all the players must work hard and know what they need to do on the
Maccabi was desperate to make an early breakthrough and it got
off to an ideal start.
Ivorian defender Gohouri, who was rumored to be on
his way out of the club in the January transfer window, showed the skills of a
striker, a position he played at the start of his career, expertly bringing down
the ball and firing into the bottom left corner to give the hosts the lead after
less than five minutes.
Beersheba came centimeters from drawing level in
the ninth minute when Bojan Markovic’s header bounced off the crossbar, but
Maccabi seized complete control four minutes later when Atar pounced to double
Radi squared the ball for Atar to tap in his 16th league goal
of the season two minutes from the break and the midfielder turned from provider
to scorer in the 68th minute after Tomer Swisa missed a penalty for Beersheba
six minutes into the second half.
Lugasi netted Tel Aviv’s fifth goal 10
minutes from time and Beersheba ended the match with 10 men after Firas Awad was
shown a straight red card in the 87th minute to complete the most miserable of
nights for the southerners.