Beersheba back on top with straight-forward triumph over Netanya

Hapoel Beersheba returned to the summit of the Premier League standings with its fourth straight victory on Sunday, claiming a comfortable 2-0 win at Maccabi Netanya.

Beersheba saw three-time defending champion Maccabi Tel Aviv leapfrog into first place with Saturday’s 1-0 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv in the derby, but responded in a fashion expected by a title challenger, coasting to the three points on Sunday to move back into first place on goal difference.

After winning just two of its first five matches of the campaign, injuries have strangely enough helped Beersheba find its way. New coach Barak Bachar struggled with the embarrassment of riches in the squad, and it wasn’t until Maor Buzaglo and Ben Sahar were both sidelined with injuries that he discovered the lineup that has since won four consecutive matches.


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