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Rauffman earns Cyprus draw

Published: Saturday 29 March 2003, 20.02CET
Cyprus 1-1 Israel An equaliser from substitute Rainer Rauffmann cancels out Israel's early goal.

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CyprusIsrael

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Saturday 29 March 2003, 20.02CET

Rauffman earns Cyprus draw

Cyprus 1-1 Israel An equaliser from substitute Rainer Rauffmann cancels out Israel's early goal.

Israel and Cyprus both missed the chance to challenge France at the head of UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 1 when they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Limassol.

Berkovic out
Israel, who play host to France next Wednesday in neutral Palermo, went into the game without injured playmaker Eyal Berkovic. However, they did not look like they were missing their talisman when they took the lead in the first minute.

Afek on target
The goal came from the visitors’ very first attack, as Idan Tal sent in a pinpoint cross that found Omri Afek unmarked and he sent a glancing header past the motionless Nikos Panayiotou. That set the tone for the first half with Israel, who defeated Malta in their opening qualifying match, well on top and looking menacing in attack. Michael Zandberg and Haim Revivo were at the hub of their best moves, posing a constant threat.

Badir foiled
They spurned two glorious chances within the space of a minute just before the break with Walid Badir the culprit on both occasions. After 43 minutes he broke up a Cyprus attack and charged into the area and rounded the keeper, only to shoot against the post. Then, seconds later, he sent a header wide when well placed.

Cyprus reborn
Cyprus were transformed in the second half and bristled with attacking intent from the restart. Their best player on the night, the excellent Georgos Theodotou, and striker Michalis Konstantinou were at the heart of much of their best work.

Instant impact
However, it took the introduction of the 36-year-old German-born striker, Rainer Rauffmann, to get the home side back into the game. He had been on the pitch barely a minute when he rose to meet Theodotou's excellent cross from the right and head home. It might have been even better for Cyprus, who could have claimed all three points in the final minutes but the otherwise quiet Yiannakis Okkas was denied by Dudu Awat.

Rauffmann verdict
Cyprus hero Rauffmann was self-effacing about his own contribution when he spoke after the match. He said: "To be honest we wanted two more points from this match but Israel came out strong and surprised us and I was happy and lucky enough to cancel out their goal.The goal didn't matter to me - all I want is to help the team."

Israeli disappointment
Meanwhile, Israel captain Tal Banin failed to hide his disappointment. "The game was ours and we let it slip between our fingers," he said. "I am absolutely devastated - it feels like a defeat." Coach Avraham Grant did not seem as downcast. "This is water under the bridge," he said. "We now have to prepare for Wednesday's match against France."

Last updated: 30/03/03 0.15CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Israel

Israel

1
PanagiotouNicos Panagiotou
1
AwatDudu Aouate
2
KonnafisPetros Konnafis
2
HaraziAlon Harazi
3
IoakimAkis Ioakim
Substitution46
3
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
6
SpyrouPanagiotis Spyrou
4
BenadoArik Benado
7
TheodotouGeorgois Theodotou
5
BadierWalid Badier
Substitution83
8
TomićVladan Tomić
Yellow Card63
6
KeiseAdoram Keise
Yellow Card12
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
7
BaninTal Banin
Yellow Card56
10
KaiafasKostas Kaiafas
8
RevivoHaim Revivo
11
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
9
AfekOmri Afek
Goal2
Substitution72
15
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
10
ZandbergMichael Zandberg
Substitution66
17
EngomitisPanayiotis Engomitis
Substitution60
11
TalIdan Tal

Substitutes

12
MorfisMichalis Morfis
18
ElimelechShavit Elimelech
4
DaskalakisDemetris Daskalakis
Substitution76
12
AbukasisJosef Abukasis
Substitution83
5
NikolaouNikos Nikolaou
Substitution46
Substitution76
14
NimniAvi Nimni
Substitution66
18
RauffmannRainer Rauffmann
Substitution60
Goal61
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution72
13
MichailChrysostomos Michail
16
ZanoAvishay Zano
14
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
17
TorjmanAmir Torjman
16
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
21
DegoBaruch Dego

Coach

Momcilo Vukotic (CYP) Avram Grant (ISR)

Referee

Thomas Michael Mccurry (SCO)

Assistant referees

Alan Cunningham (SCO), Andy Davis (SCO)

Fourth official

Kenneth William Clark (SCO)

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