Maccabi Tel Aviv substitute striker Itay Shechter scored a solo injury goal deep in injury time and became the club’s first ever scorer at the new Bloomfield Stadium on Monday as they overcame Hapoel Beersheba to rise to the top of the TASE Premier League standings.

Shechter took possession of the ball on the right of the Beersheba area and stormed into the box to stab the ball past Ernst Netkos’s goal as the home crowd erupted in delight on a cool Tel Aviv night. 

Maccabi, who played for much of the match with a one-man advantage, were clearly the dominant side throughout the match, while their goalkeeper, Daniel Tenenbaum at the other end of the pitch was barely tested throughout the 90 minutes and kept his eighth straight clean sheet, a new record for any club since the start of the season. 

The first goal, in added time in the first half, was an own goal when Beersheba’s Loay Taha, while trying to keep out a cross by Matan Hozez, headed the ball into his own net. 

Beersheba’s Miguel Vitor was sent off in the 32nd minute after he received a second yellow card from referee Ziv Adler when he fouled Chico Ofoedu just outside the area.

Maccabi started off in dominant fashion and in the fourth minute, Yonatan Cohen curled a 25 metre free kick that was palmed away at the last moment by Beersheba goalkeeper Ernst Setkos, who made some excellent diving saves. 

Within a minute, Beersheba had their best chance but were denied by Tenenbaum’s crossbar from a header by Josue Pesquiera.

Cohen had another free kick from similar distance in the 10th minute with another thunderous shot that skimmed the roof of the net.

The game was held up in the 19th minute and a VAR check was required before referee Adler ruled that Miguel Vitor had trodden on Yonatan Cohen’s foot accidentally, thus avoiding a red card for the Beersheba player.

Cohen was again tasked with the free kick and a curling shot from the left forced another excellent diving save from Setkos.