After suffering three consecutive defeats over all competitions, Maccabi Tel Aviv got back to winning ways in the sweetest of fashions on Saturday evening, beating arch-rival Hapoel Tel Aviv 1-0 in the derby at Bloomfield Stadium courtesy of Carlos Garcia’s 86th-minute winner.
Following a 2-0 loss to Porto in the Champions League group stage, a 4-2 Premier League defeat to Beitar Jerusalem and a 3-1 Toto Cup setback against Bnei Yehuda, Maccabi was desperate for a victory on Saturday, especially as it was facing Hapoel.
The yellow-and-blue yet again failed to impress, but Garcia’s header four minutes from time took the three-time reigning champion back to the top of the standings, at least until Hapoel Beersheba faces Maccabi Netanya on Sunday.
Beersheba can return to first place with a win at Netanya.
“We dominated the whole match, scoring the goal at the end of the game,” said Maccabi coach Slavisa Jokanovic, whose team hosts Porto in Champions League action on Wednesday. “Most importantly we took the three points and that’s good news for us especially winning right before the Champions League match coming up.”