Maccabi Tel Aviv dropped to its first defeat of the Premier League season on
Monday night, suffering a 3-1 loss to Hapoel Beersheba at Vasermil
Maccabi dominated proceedings for large periods, but Beersheba
exposed Tel Aviv’s vulnerability in set pieces and twice took the lead against
the run of play through Siraj Nassar (40) and Bojan Markovic (66) before
clinching its first win of the season seven minutes from time thanks to William
The defeat ended Maccabi’s run of four straight wins to start the
campaign, an identical repeat of 2011/12 when the yellow-and-blue also suffered
its first defeat in its fifth match before its season completely
“We lost this game because we squandered too many chances in
the first half,” said Tel Aviv coach Oscar Garcia. “Two individual mistakes in
set pieces allowed them to score. In the end, we had to fight for the game and
that made it easy for them because it created spaces.”
Both sides were
tentative in the early stages, but Maccabi was the first to venture forward and
it had more than its fair share of chances to break the deadlock.
yellow-and-blue created scoring opportunities in quick succession in the final
10 minutes of the first half and Eliran Atar squandered Maccabi’s best chance of
the half seven minutes from the break when his powerful effort from close range
skimmed the crossbar.
However, just when it seemed that it was only a
matter of time until Maccabi would score the opener, Beersheba found the back of
the net with its first real chance of the night.
Aviram Bruchian’s free
kick found Nassar unmarked and he left ’keeper Vincent Enyeama no chance with
It took Tel Aviv less than three second half minutes to
equalize courtesy of Beersheba goalkeeper Austin Ejide.
spilled Rafi Dahan’s cross right into Munas Dabbur’s path and the youngster had
little trouble netting the equalizer into an empty net.
seized complete control of the possession after that, but yet again the
yellow-and-blue let itself down with its defensive play in a
Bruchian sent a short corner towards Kenyan Patrick Osiako,
who squared the ball into the box for Markovic to head into the back of the
Beersheba secured the win seven minutes from time, with Bruchian
spotting Klemi Saban with a long free kick and Njovu subsequently slotting in
his team’s third goal of the night to spark delirium in the Vasermil stands.
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