Hapoel Be'er Sheva broke open a close game in the second half to upset visiting Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-1 and stop the Yellows' winning streak from the opening of the season at five matches.

Some 4,000 Maccabi Tel Aviv fans made their way to Vasermil Stadium, some of them saying the road to the Premier League soccer championship passed through Be'er Sheva.

However, it was Be'er Sheva under first-year coach Elisha Levy that came away with the win, its first this season.

Be'er Sheva midfielder Aviram Baruchyan did not score last night but after the team drew fire for signing him, he proved two things: that he is fit enough to last 90 minutes and that he is still one of the most accurate passers out there. Three of his passes led to three goals for Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Maccabi Tel Aviv had several scoring opportunities, controled the ball and threatened the Be'er Sheva goal, but its defense was rather vulnerable.

Most of the first half was quiet until Be'er Sheva midfielder Siraj Nasser opened the scoring with a header from close to the goal in the 40th minute.

Early in the second half Maccabi Tel Aviv, which yielded a total of just two goals in its first five matches, looked like it might hold on for at least a point when striker Moanes Dabour exploited a miscue by the Be'er Sheva goalkeeper and equalized in the 50th minute.

Bojan Markovic gave Be'er Sheva the lead for good at 2-1 with a 66th minute goal.

Maccabi Tel Aviv turned up the pressure to equalize, but instead William Njovu broke free to make it 3-1 Be'er Sheva and hand coach Levy a big victory.

Oscar Garcia, Maccabi's coach, said he had no complaints about the players and that the team lost mainly because of missed shots on goal.

Levy said his team worked hard for the win against a well-coached squad that yielded few scoring chances.