Maccabi Tel Aviv became the first team in Israeli soccer history to win all three national titles in one season, beating Hapoel Beersheba Wednesday night in a 6-2 cup final victory to complete the treble.
After clinching its third consecutive Premier League Championship on Sunday, and having won the Toto Cup earlier in the season, Maccabi beat Beersheba in the highest-scoring Israeli cup final ever.
Wednesday’s win marked Maccabi’s 23rd Israel State Cup championship overall, and its first appearance in a cup final since 2005.
A hat trick by Swedish striker Rade Prica in the 21st, 46th and 52nd minutes secured the victory in front of 32,000 fans in Haifa’s Sami Ofer Stadium.
“This is a game that I will remember for many years. It’s the most significant one of my career — it’s like a dream,” man-of the match Prica told Walla Sports afterwards.
Yoav Ziv (28) Eran Zahavi (58) and Maharan Radi (62) also scored in a game dominated by Maccabi in the second half.
Founded in 1906, Maccabi Tel Aviv is the oldest and most decorated soccer club in Israel.