Winner League - 14/01/2013
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Bloomfield ATTENDANCE: 11,032 REFEREE: Menashe Mashiah
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Sheran Yeini (C)
Galil Ben Shaanan
Oded Gavish (C)
Maccabi Tel Aviv showed no mercy on their visiting southern rivals and registered a convincing 5-0 win over Hapoel Beer Sheva. Debut goals for Steve Gohouri and Moshe Lugasi, debut appearance for Rade PricaLast night Maccabi Tel Aviv hosted Hapoel Beer Sheva in the 18th round of the Israeli Premiere (Winner) league trailing their league leading local rivals Hapoel Tel Aviv by a point . But just five minutes into the match it was clear that that was about to change. Steve Gohouri, subbing for the injured Carlos Garcia, found himself with space in the area and placed a perfectly angled ball into the corner of the net that wrong-footed Beer Sheva keeper Gil ben Sha'anan and put Maccabi out in front 1-0. Beer Sheva responded with a high ball into the area that found Boyan Markovich who headed it onto MTA keeper Barak Levi's crossbar. Recognising the potenal danger, Maccabi Tel Aviv wasted no time in adding to their advantage and with twelve minutes gone Eliran Atar took advantage of a Beer Sheva defensive mix-up in the box to double the Yellows' lead to 2-0. The Yellows continued to attack and just before the half they were on the break when Maharan Radi placed a perfectly measured pass onto the foot of, who else, Eliran Atar, who slotted home into an open Beer Sheva net to complete his first-half brace and put Maccabi up 3-0 before the half-time whistle.In the second half Beer Sheva tried to get back into the match, with Siraj Naser coming close with a free kick that bounced off Maccabi keeper Barak Levi's side bar. But Levi, subbing for the Africa duty-bound Vincent Enyeama, needed no help from the woodwork in saving from Beer Sheva's Tomer Suissa when Hapoel Beer Sheva were later awarded a penalty for a Maccabi hand ball in the area. And the Yellows were not about to sit on their lead either. Two minutes after the debut appearance of Maccabi Tel Aviv's latest acquisition, the Swedish striker Rade Prica, who came on as a substitute for Dor Micha, Maharan Radi took advantage of yet more Beer Sheva defensive confusion in the area to pounce on the ball and smash it into Reds' keeper Ben Sha'anan's net for Maccabi's fourth goal of the evening. And twelve minutes later Ben Sha'anan was once again fishing a goal, Maccabi's fifth, out of his net, this time from Moshe Lugassi, who latched on to already acclimatised Rade Prica's back heel pass and fired it accurately past the hapless Beer Sheva keeper. And if that wasn't enough misery for the visitors from the south, the 86th minute saw their young midfielder Firas Awed red carded for an ugly tackle on Yoav Ziv.Next week (Saturday, 7.30 P.M.) will see Maccabi Tel Aviv travelling down the coast for their 19th round match against M.S. Ashdod.
After the game, head coach Oscar Garcia gave his reaction to the match and also his views on the difference between home and away games: "What really made the difference tonight was our accuracy, in particular in front of goal, and that's very gratifying, though I must say last week at Kiryat Shmona I was satisfied too. It's not so simple to win every home game, but if the fans are behind us it makes it that much easier. The matches we didn't win on the road were all against top clubs so it wasn't easy for us. But that will have to change and we'll have to start winning those games too. But it's only natural to score more goals at home."Maccabi midfielder Gal Alberman spoke of the contributions of the foreign players in a game where Steve Gohouri scored and newcomer Rade Prica booked his first assist: "Of course it helps us that the foreign players bring with them a lot of quality and we hope it will stay that way. But it's not about one specific player but about the whole team wanting to get better and stronger as we move on in the league and that's what we're trying to do."Alberman also spoke about the team's progress and the results of rivals at the top of the table: "From the very start I had a special feeling about this season and we've been wanting to show that in our game play. We're only half way through the season now and it's a bit hard to say where it will end but I can tell you for certain that we're happy with our progress so far.""We go into every match really focused on ourselves and committed to getting the job done. That goes before checking the results of other teams and that's the only way to succeed."Maccabi Tel Aviv's new Swedish striker, Rade Prica, had this to say about what he agrees was a very satisfactory debut appearance for the club: "I haven't had much time on the ball of late but that will change and I'm sure I'll get better as I go along. You're always under pressure at first, you don't know the club and how they work. Tonight went very well and I hope it will only get better as time goes by. I can say for myself that I love the physical part of the game, I don't shy away from contact with defenders and I'm sure you'll see that in my play." About the atmosphere at the match he added: "They told me about that before the game but until you're down on the pitch and feel it for yourself, well, the fans here are brilliant and I really enjoyed playing for them."