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Israel capture points in Cyprus

Published: Friday 10 October 2014, 22.41CET
Cyprus 1-2 Israel
The younger Tal Ben Haim made the first then scored the second just before half-time to ensure Israel started with a win.
by John Leonidou
from GSP Stadium

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Match statistics

CyprusIsrael

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)52
 
48
Total attempts10
 
21
on target4
 
6
off target3
 
10
blocked3
 
5
against woodwork0
1
Corners9
 
2
Offsides5
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
10

Standings

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Published: Friday 10 October 2014, 22.41CET

Israel capture points in Cyprus

Cyprus 1-2 Israel
The younger Tal Ben Haim made the first then scored the second just before half-time to ensure Israel started with a win.

Israel open their Group B campaign with victory in Cyprus
The younger Tal Ben Haim sets up first for Omer Damari then scores second
Constantinos Makridis pulls one back
Late Vincent Laban effort is saved to keep Cyprus on three points
Next games: Wales v Cyprus, Andorra v Israel (Monday)

Israel opened their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B account with a hard-fought victory in Cyprus.

Cyprus, buoyed by their confidence-boosting win in Bosnia and Herzegovina last month, began the brighter with Dimitris Christofi making darting runs behind the Israeli defence. But it was not long before the younger of the Tal Ben Haims started looking increasingly dangerous on the left and he inflicted the first real damage on 38 minutes.

The Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC forward raced past marker Marios Stylianou before supplying a great low cross that Omer Damari converted with a cool finish. Another free-flowing move saw the visitors – whose scheduled opener against Belgium last month was postponed – snatch a second moments before half-time. Gil Vermouth fed the unmarked Ben Haim who then proceeded to skip past Marios Nikolaou and Stylianou before finding Antonis Giorgallides's left-hand corner.

Cyprus coach Charalampos Christodoulou made two changes at the restart, bringing on the speedy Charis Kyriakou and Pieros Sotiriou, and each player began asking questions of the Israel defence. The hosts piled bodies forward but looked vulnerable to Israel counterattacks, with both Vermouth and Eran Zahavi coming agonisingly close to adding a third.

Cyprus were eventually rewarded for their persistence. Sotiriou collected a pass inside the area and kept his composure to turn and tee up the unmarked Constantinos Makridis who rifled a powerful shot past Ofir Marciano. Minutes later – and with the fans having found their voice again – Cyprus almost equalised, Christofi's cross reaching Sotiriou who steered his header wide from close range.

The drama then swayed to the other end where the lively Zahavi's deflected effort crashed off the post before the same player missed another decent opportunity. In added time Vincent Laban so nearly levelled but Marciano kept out his header.

Last updated: 03/06/15 3.20CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Israel

Israel

1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
18
MarcianoOfir Marciano (GK)
Yellow Card65
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
2
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
Yellow Card61
4
MerkisGiorgos Merkis
3
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim (C)
9
ChristofiDimitris Christofi
6
NatchoBibras Natcho
10
CharalambidesCostas Charalambides (C)
Substitution45+1
7
ZahaviEran Zahavi
13
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
Goal67
12
Ben ChaimTal Ben Chaim
Goal45
Substitution73
Yellow Card74
14
LabanVincent Laban
Yellow Card54
13
YeiniSheran Yeini
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades
14
VermouthGil Vermouth
Substitution82
19
M. StylianouMarios Stylianou
Substitution45+1
20
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
21
MakrisAntreas Makris
Substitution70
21
TibiEytan Tibi
23
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
22
DamariOmer Damari
Goal38
Substitution70

Substitutes

12
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
1
HarushAriel Harush (GK)
22
LoizouGiorgos Loizou (GK)
23
HaimovGuy Haimov (GK)
3
ArestiGeorgios Aresti
4
BittonNir Bitton
Substitution82
5
SielisValentinos Sielis
5
GershonRami Gershon
6
AngeliAngelis Angeli
8
HemedTomer Hemed
8
KyriakouCharis Kyriakou
Substitution45+1
9
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution73
Yellow Card83
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution70
10
BardaElyaniv Barda
16
KolokoudiasGeorgios Kolokoudias
11
ShechterEtey Shechter
Substitution70
17
EfremGeorge Efrem
15
TamuzToto Tamuz
18
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
16
BuzagloMaor Buzaglo
20
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou
Substitution45+1
17
SaharBen Sahar
19
TwathaTaleb Twatha

Coach

Charalampos Christodoulou (CYP) Eli Gutman (ISR)

Referee

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Assistant referees

Gianluca Cariolato (ITA), Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Alessandro Petrella (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Antonio Damato (ITA), Carmine Russo (ITA)

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