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Stubborn Slovenia frustrate Israel

Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 20.50CET
Israel 0-0 Slovenia Israel have two goals disallowed as they fail to break down Slovenia.

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Goals scored0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
6
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 20.50CET

Stubborn Slovenia frustrate Israel

Israel 0-0 Slovenia Israel have two goals disallowed as they fail to break down Slovenia.

Israel missed a glorious opportunity to take a significant stride towards qualification for UEFA EURO 2004™ after being held to a 0-0 draw by Slovenia in their Group 1 encounter.

No way through
Despite dominating the match in the Turkish city of Antalya, Israel were unable to find a breakthrough and remained third in the table with eight points, two behind Slovenia. The situation will now have to be resolved in September, when Israel travel to Ljubljana for the return fixture.

Afek caught offside
The 2,000 Israel fans who travelled to the Atatürk stadium were twice deceived into thinking they had taken a valuable lead, but on both occasions Omri Afek was caught offside. But after the match, coach Avraham Grant remained optimistic.

Israel dominant
"It was one of the most dominant matches I remember seeing an Israeli side play," he said. "You need half a chance to win matches but we missed those chances today. I can't recall even one occassion where Slovenia threatened to score and this is an encouraging fact."

Quiet start
The game started slowly but in the 12th minute Israel thought they had taken the lead. Haim Revivo's flick gave Avi Nimni the time and space to float in a telling cross and Omri Afek ghosted unmarked behind Slovenia's defence before volleying the ball into the top corner.

Celebrations shortlived
However, Afek's celebrations were shortlived as Swiss referee Massimo Busacca disallowed the effort for offside. Two minutes later, Avisahi Zano's pinpoint cross was met by Nimni's powerful header which narrowly missed the target.

Afek offside
Then Omer Afek set up his Hapoel Tel-Aviv team-mate Yossi Abuksis, whose powerful drive was saved by Slovenia goalkeeper Marko Simeunovic. On the stroke of half-time, the combination of Nimni and Afek once again had the ball in the back of the net, only for Afek, who chested down Nimni's cross before slotting the ball home, to be adjudged offside.

Second-half frustration
Grant made some tactical changes at half-time, but his side continued to be frustrated by the stubborn Slovenian defence throughout the second half. In the 80th minute, substitute Michael Zandberg crashed in a powerful volley that seemed to have beaten Simeunovic, only for it to sail agonisingly wide of the post, and with it went Israel's chances of victory.

Last updated: 10/06/03 13.14CET

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Lineups

Israel

Israel

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
ElimelechShavit Elimelech
1
SimeunovičMarko Simeunovič
3
AfekOmri Afek
Substitution71
2
F. CipotFabijan Cipot
Yellow Card31
4
BenadoArik Benado
3
KaričAmir Karič
5
Ben Haim ITal Ben Haim I
4
VugdalicMuamer Vugdalic
Yellow Card29
6
KeiseAdoram Keise
6
KnavsAleksander Knavs
8
RevivoHaim Revivo
7
ŠukaloGoran Šukalo
9
NimniAvi Nimni
9
ŠiljakErmin Šiljak
10
AbukasisJosef Abukasis
Substitution85
10
ZahovičZlatko Zahovič
Yellow Card82
11
TalIdan Tal
Yellow Card52
Substitution76
11
PavlinMiran Pavlin
Yellow Card50
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun
14
GajserSaša Gajser
Yellow Card66
Substitution71
16
ZanoAvishay Zano
Yellow Card23
18
AčimovičMilenko Ačimovič
Yellow Card77
Substitution87

Substitutes

18
StrauberLiran Strauber
12
DabanovičMladen Dabanovič
14
BadierWalid Badier
Substitution76
15
KorenRobert Koren
Substitution71
17
ZandbergMichael Zandberg
Substitution71
17
ŠnoflMatej Šnofl
Substitution87
19
HoltsmanShay Holtsman
Substitution85
5
BulajičSpasoje Bulajič
2
HalivaTomer Haliva
8
RakovičErmin Rakovič
7
UzanOri Uzan
13
SešlarSimon Sešlar
12
SarfatiGay Sarfati
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar

Coach

Avram Grant (ISR) Bojan Prašnikar (SVN)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Gianpietro Lucca (SUI)

Fourth official

Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

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