Hapoel Be'er Sheva - Leverkusen

Europe: Europa League
Hapoel Be'er Sheva E. Acolatse (11), E. Acolatse (25)
Yaakov Turner Toto Stadium2-4
Leverkusen L. Bailey (5), O. Dadya (39), L. Bailey (75), F. Wirtz (88)

Leverkusen top Europa League group after win in Israel

By Peter Vice

Germany's red company team shook off a spry Israeli side and overcame some defensive meltdowns to prevail 4-2 over Hapoel Beer Sheva.

Tin Jedvaj.
Tin Jedvaj.Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

With an entirely new back-four (Tin Jedvaj, Wendell Borges, Jonathan Tah, and Aleksandar Dragovic replaced Edmond Tapsoba, Daley Singraven, and the Bender twins), Peter Bosz's Werkself contested a match against one of Israel's top teams in the land where Bosz once coached.

Leverkusen struck first with a close-range finish from Leon Bailey in the 5th minute. The Israeli hosts were nevertheless able to pick off a pass from one of the new defensive line members (Wendell) and eventually snatch a quick equalizer in the 11th.

Dutch striker Elton Acolatse followed up his fine finish with another goal in the 25th. This time the Hapoel striker ripped through the Bayer defensive ranks, directly outdekeing Tah, Dragovic, and Jedvaj to complete a brace and give his side a 2-1 lead.

A rattled German side struggled mightily to get their attack set back up again. A well-constructed five-man defensive line from Beer Sheva trainer Josef Abukassis kept them at bay. Bosz's men were extremely lucky to grab an equalizer six minutes before the break when Or Dadia accidentally steered and Jedvaj header into his own net.

Looking much more organized after the restart, Bosz's 4-2-3-1 began to generate wave and after wave of chances in the second half. Bailey and Exequiel Palacios missed big chances before the former finally found the back of the net after Hapoel keeper Ohad Levita irresponsibly left it unguarded on a wayward run in the 75th.

Second-half substitute Moussa Diaby would set up young phenom Florian Wirtz in the 88th to put matters beyond all doubt. Despite a loss last week, the German representatives left Israel at the top of their Europa League group, based on goal differential.

Hapoel Be'er Sheva
21Ohad Levita
20Loai Taha ↩90
4Miguel Vitor (C)
8Maruwan Kabha ↩84
30Or Dadya
35Lucas Bareiro ↩64
13Sean Goldberg ↩84
16Sintayehu Sallalich ↩64
32Jhonatan Agudelo
7Elton Acolatse
69Raz Rahamim
9Itamar Shviro ↪64
25Gaëtan Varenne ↪84
77Rotem Hatuel
5Shir Tzedek
14Dudu Twito
22Noam Gamon
3David Keltjens
11Ramzi Safouri ↪84
15Tomer Yosefi ↪64
17Ilay Madmon
28César Meli ↪90
1Lukáš Hradecky
16Tin Jedvaj ↩62
4Jonathan Tah (C)
6Aleksandar Dragović
25Exequiel Palacios
10Kerem Demirbay
9Leon Bailey
27Florian Wirtz
11Nadiem Amiri
13Lucas Alario ↩46
21Lennart Grill
36Niklas Lomb
19Moussa Diaby ↪46
37Emrehan Gedikli
5Sven Bender
8Lars Bender ↪62
12Edmond Tapsoba
22Daley Sinkgraven
15Julian Baumgartlinger

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