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Israel end on high in Malta

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 20.58CET
Malta 0-2 Israel
Goals from Lior Refaelov and Rami Gershon ensured Israel ended UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F in third place with 16 points.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Ta' Qali National Stadium
Israel end on high in Malta
Lior Refaelov (No9) takes the congratulations after his opener ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

MaltaIsrael

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts17
 
36
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target8
 
8
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
1
Corners2
 
10
Offsides6
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
12

Standings

Group F

PPts
Greece Greece1024
Croatia Croatia1022
Israel Israel1016
Latvia Latvia1011
Georgia Georgia1010
Malta Malta101
Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 20.58CET

Israel end on high in Malta

Malta 0-2 Israel
Goals from Lior Refaelov and Rami Gershon ensured Israel ended UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F in third place with 16 points.

Israel ended their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F campaign on a high with a two-goal victory in Malta.

Having had their hopes ended last month with defeat in Croatia, Israel were playing for pride but goals from Lior Refaelov and Rami Gershon ensured they at least ended Group F in third place.

Refaelov struck on 11 minutes with a gem of a half-volley inside the Malta area after a superb pass by Taleb Twatha. Bebras Natcho was dominating the midfield for Israel with slick balls and Refaelov was a constant menace.

The home side, hoping to add to their one-point tally, improved in the second half and nearly grabbed a surprise equaliser when Gareth Sciberras saw his lovely headed effort bounce off the post. But Israel made sure of the three points late on with a well-worked goal from Gershon, whose header beat Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg all ends up from Nacho's neatly placed free-kick.

Last updated: 12/10/11 0.44CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Israel

Israel

1
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
1
AwatDudu Aouate (GK) (C)
2
CaruanaJonathan Caruana
Substitution83
2
BondarvDani Bondarv
Substitution57
3
MamoCarlo Mamo
5
GershonRami Gershon
Goal90+3
4
SciberrasGareth Sciberras
6
NatchoBebras Natcho
5
AgiusAndré Agius
Yellow Card90+2
9
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Goal11
Substitution49
6
R. FenechRyan Fenech
11
BuzagloMaor Buzaglo
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa
12
BitonNir Biton
9
M. MifsudMichael Mifsud (C)
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
10
P. FenechPaul Fenech
Substitution64
16
HemedTomer Hemed
11
HutchinsonJohn Hutchinson
17
SaharBen Sahar
Substitution78
14
WoodsIvan Woods
Yellow Card66
Substitution81
22
GolasaEyal Golasa

Substitutes

12
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
23
HaimovGuy Haimov (GK)
7
C. CaruanaChristian Caruana
Substitution81
4
I. CohenItzhak Cohen
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
8
A. CohenAlmog Cohen
Substitution49
15
BorgSteve Borg
Substitution83
10
BardaElyaniv Barda
16
HerreraEdward Herrera
Substitution64
14
VermouthGil Vermouth
Substitution57
17
J. ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
20
BitonDavid Biton
18
PaceJamie Pace
21
Ben Haim IITal Ben Haim II
Substitution78

Coach

John Buttigieg (MLT) Luis Fernandez (FRA)

Referee

Bruno Paixão (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), Venâncio Tomé (POR)

Fourth official

João Ferreira (POR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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