Beersheba preps for Maccabi Tel Aviv with Kiryat Shmona win

A week before it faces threetime defending champion Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Beersheba threw down the gauntlet on Sunday night by opening its Premier League campaign with an impressive 3-1 win at Ironi Kiryat Shmona.

Beersheba was Maccabi’s main rival for the title in each of the past two seasons, but it failed to push the yellow-and-blue all the way, prompting the team to bring in coach Barak Bachar in place of Elisha Levy while strengthening last season’s core with the signings of Maharan Radi, Ben Sahar, Anthony Nwakaeme, Matan Ohayon and Shir Tzedek.

Beersheba passed its first test with flying colors on Sunday, coming back from a goal down to claim all three points in one of the toughest away fixtures of the season.


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