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Ninis keeps Greece on top in Israel

Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 18.51CET
Israel 0-1 Greece
Sotiris Ninis' second-half goal completed a Greece double over an Israel side who have now fallen off the Group F pace.
by James Martin
from Tel Aviv
Ninis keeps Greece on top in Israel
Greece players rush to congratulate Sotiris Ninis on his winning goal at the Bloomfield Stadium ©Getty Images

Match statistics

IsraelGreece

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts12
 
11
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target9
 
6
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
3
Offsides4
 
0
Yellow cards5
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
12
Fouls suffered11
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

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Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 18.51CET

Ninis keeps Greece on top in Israel

Israel 0-1 Greece
Sotiris Ninis' second-half goal completed a Greece double over an Israel side who have now fallen off the Group F pace.

Greece continue to set the pace at the top of Group F with a deserved 1-0 win in Tel Aviv which dealt a severe blow to Israel's UEFA EURO 2012 hopes.

Panathinaikos FC midfielder Sotiris Ninis scored the crucial goal on the hour after brilliantly charging through the Israel defence after Greece had caught the hosts napping in midfield. With their second victory over third-placed Israel in this campaign, Fernando Santos's side moved four points clear of their opponents with a game in hand, and also kept second-placed Croatia trailing in their wake.

Israel had an early chance when Lior Rafaelov was played in on the left edge of the penalty area after seven minutes but he had his shot blocked as he closed in on goal. That was as good as it got for Luis Fernandez's team in a tight first half. Although Rafaelov tried to open up the play with incursions infield from the right, he kept running into a wall of Greek bodies, while Israel's new Arsenal FC signing, Yossi Benayoun, struggled to get a look-in.

The best opportunity came at the other end when Dimitris Salpingidis connected on the volley with a ball swung in from the right but a fully stretched Dudu Aouate was equal to it. That was midway through the first half and eight minutes after the restart, Greece threatened again as Giorgos Samaras had a diving header cleared off the line.

That prompted action from Israel coach Fernandez who immediately sent on Omer Damari and Tomer Hemed for Eran Zahavi and Etey Shechter. Two minutes later Hemed spurned the opportunity to make an immediate impact, heading wide after Benayoun had delivered a brilliant floated cross from the right. Instead it was Greece who got the breakthrough goal on the hour when Israel's midfield allowed Ninis to run at the left side of the defence before he firing a brilliant shot inside Aouate's right-hand post.

Despite a series of corners and free-kicks, Israel failed to threaten a reply until the 81st minute when Hemed headed over the crossbar. Finally they had some attacking momentum and came close when Yuval Shpungin, arguably their biggest threat during the second half, charged down the right and found Rafaelov who smashed over a first-time shot from 15 metres.

Last updated: 30/11/12 12.17CET

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Lineups

Israel

Israel

Greece

Greece

1
AwatDudu Aouate (GK)
13
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
2
ShpunginYuval Shpungin
4
ZaradoukasGiannis Zaradoukas
3
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
7
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
5
GershonRami Gershon
8
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
7
KayalBeram Kayal
Yellow Card44
10
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
8
A. CohenAlmog Cohen
Yellow Card38
Substitution61
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Yellow Card75
Substitution84
9
RefaelovLior Refaelov
15
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
Yellow Card75
11
ShechterEtey Shechter
Substitution55
16
KafesPantelis Kafes
Yellow Card35
Substitution42
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun (C)
18
NinisSotiris Ninis
Goal60
Substitution77
16
ZahaviEran Zahavi
Yellow Card4
Substitution55
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Yellow Card54
20
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
Yellow Card61
22
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos

Substitutes

18
HaimovGuy Haimov (GK)
1
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
6
NatchoBebras Natcho
Substitution61
Yellow Card75
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
Substitution84
Yellow Card90+4
10
BuzagloMaor Buzaglo
5
PetsosThanos Petsos
14
HemedTomer Hemed
Substitution55
6
MakosGrigoris Makos
Substitution42
17
GolasaEyal Golasa
9
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
21
T. CohenTamir Cohen
11
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
22
DamariOmer Damari
Substitution55
23
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
Substitution77

Coach

Luis Fernandez (FRA) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Francis Andrews (SCO), Alasdair Ross (SCO)

Fourth official

Steven McLean (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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