Summary of the dramatic victory of Maccabi Tel Aviv 1:2 over Hapoel Beer Sheva in Turner (Sport 1)
Hapoel Beer Sheva was already almost satisfied with a point this evening (Monday), but a penalty by Eran Zahavi in the 102nd minute gave three points to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 1:2 of the Yellows in Turner.
The gap from Maccabi Haifa increased to 8 points, while the team from third place was reduced to only 2 from the Reds of Eliniv Barda.
Breda and Malikson (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
Eliniv Breda after the dramatic loss: "I think our first half was good. We got into situations to score more than one goal. We conceded a goal from a stationary position, it's not typical for us. The second half was less good, substitution of Vitor due to injury. The substitutions didn't help us enough in terms of Tactically. It started to be a game of transitions in which Maccabi Tel Aviv is better than us. We didn't control the pace and I think it was very cruel to lose with a penalty in extra time. This is football, there's no way to fix it now. Other substitutions? No, I should have demanded more. Not satisfied with the players who came in today. Shafi was excellent in the first half, in the second half he got tired. When Giagon came in I wanted to balance this side. We are disappointed."
On the second half: "Maccabi played with long balls that created a numerical advantage over us. The substitutions should have given us these solutions and it didn't show up, we'll fix it and learn. Is the season over? There are 6 more games. I won't start spewing clichés here, but the gap is not simple From Maccabi Haifa. Every player will have to prove himself to be in Hapoel Beer Sheva's squad next season. A disappointing season? We won the champion of champions, but yes."
On the exchanges: "Ramsey underwent surgery and really wants to get back to himself. It takes him some time, there is also Ramadan, which is not easy. We will slowly build up his minutes. I am talking about attitude, not ability. Hatuel has been injured for 4 months and he is doing everything to be available to us".
Barda on the offensive part of the team: "We are in the number of goals scored by the top 3. Of course I would like more goals, more players with double digit numbers. We are there, it is not enough."
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Tibi turns to the referee after the whistle (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
Rotem Hatuel after the game: "It's cruel. The feelings are not good, a loss in another game to a team that competes with us for this title. Sorry for the crowd that comes and supports every game."
On his injury: "I've been carrying a serious injury in my abdominal muscles for 4 months. I can't recover from it, I play with shots and balls for the team. I can't stop in money time. I'm trying as much as possible to carry it until the end of the year, at the end of the season I'll decide about surgery. I hope for myself to work as hard as possible."
On the end of the season: "There are 6 more games. We will do everything for the audience and the club. I believe there is another chance. If I didn't believe I wouldn't be a soccer player. Penalty? It doesn't matter if there was or not, we blew the whistle and they won."
Hapoel Beer Sheva
Maccabi Tel Aviv
The 31st round in the top playoff:
Saturday, 18:30: Hapoel Jerusalem - Maccabi Haifa
Saturday, 20:00: Maccabi Tel Aviv - M.S.
Rishon, 20:30: Maccabi Netanya - Hapoel Beer Sheva
Hapoel Beer Sheva