Ben Sahar 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Hapoel Tel Aviv leapfrogged Maccabi Haifa into first position in the Premier
League standings in emphatic fashion on Monday night, defeating Hapoel Acre 4-1
at Bloomfield Stadium.
After an erratic start to the season, the reigning
champion has found its form in the past couple of months, winning six straight
matches by a combined goal difference of 21-2.
Acre had strengthened its
position in the top-six with three wins from four games entering Monday’s match,
but it was outplayed by Hapoel at Bloomfield, which now leads Haifa on goal
However, there was also some bad, and potentially
devastating, news for Tel Aviv on Monday, with starstriker Itai Shechter
injuring his right shoulder once more just two minutes into the
The early prognosis is that Shechter will have to undergo a
surgical procedure on his problematic shoulder, meaning he could be out for the
rest of the season.
After a slow start to the match, Hapoel took the lead
in the 31st minute.
Acre goalkeeper Dudu Goresh failed to deal with Shay
Abutbul’s cross and Ben Sahar, who came on for Shechter in the sixth minute,
slotted in the opener.
Five minutes before the break, Sahar scored his
second goal of the night, with Gili Vermut crossing the ball from the right
after some great buildup play and the striker heading in his fifth goal in the
last four games.
In the 60th minute, the hosts clinched the three points,
with Eran Zahavi squaring the ball from the left and Toto Tamuz tucking in his
10th league goal of the season.
Vermut got the goal he deserved five
minutes later, toying with the Acre defense before smashing the ball beyond
Shimon Harush scored a stunning consolation goal from 30 meters
out in the 79th minute, but the match was already long won and Hapoel climbed to
the top of the table with another convincing win.