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Maccabi TA go 4 points clear with defeat of Hap Haifa

December 31, 2012 02:18

The yellow-and-blue made the most of second-placed Hapoel Tel Aviv’s loss at Bnei Yehuda.

MACCABI TEL AVIV striker Munas Dabbur

MACCABI TEL AVIV striker Munas Dabbur 370. (photo credit:Asaf Kliger)

A devastating display by Maccabi Tel Aviv saw it steamroll Hapoel Haifa 6-2 at Bloomfield Stadium on Sunday night to open a four-point gap at the top of the Premier League standings.

The yellow-and-blue made the most of second-placed Hapoel Tel Aviv’s loss at Bnei Yehuda on Saturday, taking the lead after less than two minutes and dominating the sorry Haifa, which continues to occupy the foot of the table.

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“I think the best thing today was that we played most of the game at 100 percent,” said Maccabi coach Oscar Garcia, who did his best to remain composed after the emphatic victory. “We went 6-2 up and all the players wanted to score more and for me that is a good thing. This is a good victory, but my feet are always on the ground. It was very necessary for us to win this match, but it is only three points.”

Maccabi fans didn’t have to wait long for the opener.

Moshe Lugasi squared the ball from the left byline and Dabbur broke the deadlock with the match less than two minutes old.

Dabbur netted his second of the night in the 21st minute, with Maharan Radi doing all the hard work and forcing a crucial mistake from Haifa defender Stefan Denkovic.

Dabbur had a golden opportunity to complete a hat-trick shortly afterwards, but it was Haifa which scored next, with Yuval Avidor’s goal from an offside position being allowed to stand.

However, Maccabi reestablished its two-goal cushion six minutes into the second half courtesy of Radi’s strike from just inside the box and the three points were essentially secured when Yoav Ziv scored Tel Aviv’s fourth of the night after Atar’s back-heel assist.

Ran Abukarat netted a second consolation goal for the visitors three minutes later, but the yellow-and-blue would pour salt on poor Haifa’s wounds in the final 20 minutes, with Gael Marguelis (75) and Shiran Yeini (85) completing the rout.

Betar Jerusalem hosts Ashdod SC on Monday.
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