Hapoel Beersheba piled the pressure on Maccabi Tel Aviv after opening an eightpoint gap at the top of the Premier League standings on Saturday night, beating Hapoel Haifa 2-1 on the road to set a new club record of six consecutive league wins.
Beersheba registered its 16th league win from the past 18 matches as part of an unbeaten streak stretching back almost five months. Elyaniv Barda broke the deadlock with his strike from the edge of the box with his 12th league goal of the season in the 35th minute, with Ben Sahar doubling the advantage in the 68th minute. Eli Elbaz handed the hosts a lifeline two minutes later, but it proved to be to no avail.
“Finally we have managed to win six straight matches and this was a very important victory,” said Beersheba coach Barak Bachar. “This win gives us motivation for our next challenge, which is our next match.”