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Cyprus stun Israel in Jerusalem

Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 22.31CET
Israel 1-2 Cyprus
Jason Demetriou struck ten minutes from time as Cyprus stunned their hosts in Group B to remain in contention for a play-off berth.

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Match statistics

IsraelCyprus

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)59
 
41
Total attempts18
 
8
on target5
 
5
off target10
 
2
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides0
4
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
9

Standings

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Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 22.31CET

Cyprus stun Israel in Jerusalem

Israel 1-2 Cyprus
Jason Demetriou struck ten minutes from time as Cyprus stunned their hosts in Group B to remain in contention for a play-off berth.

  • Dossa Júnior nods Cyprus ahead on 58 minutes
  • Nir Bitton restores parity from distance
  • Jason Demetriou nets 80th-minute clincher
  • Fourth-placed Israel one point off play-off spot; visitors a further point back
  • Final games: Belgium v Israel, Cyprus v Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jason Demetriou registered ten minutes from time as Cyprus stunned Israel 2-1 in Jerusalem to keep their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying hopes alive in Group B.

Held to a goalless stalemate by second-placed Wales last time out, the hosts were looking to return to winning ways to strengthen their case for a spot in the play-offs. However, centre-back Dossa Júnior nodded Cyprus ahead on 58 minutes. Nir Bitton restored parity in stunning fashion from distance before Demetriou had the final word just four minutes later.

Needing wins and other results to go their way in order to claim third position, Cyprus began the brighter with George Efrem testing Israel custodian Ofir Marciano inside two minutes. But it was not long before Eli Gutman's team took control as Eran Zahavi, Beram Kayal and Gil Vermouth went close. On 27 minutes Cyprus custodian Antonis Giorgallides made a fine stop to deny Zahavi as the visitors struggled to cope with Israel's counterattacks.

Cyprus coach Charalampos Christodoulou made a change at the restart, bringing on veteran midfielder Constantinos Charalambides as the away side attempted to gain a foothold in the tie. They were eventually rewarded for their persistence when Vincent Laban provided a great cross from a free-kick that Júnior converted.

Gutman's charges rallied and struck back via Bitton's right-footed shot from outside the area. However, on 80 minutes, Charalambides found Demetriou in the box and the No5 lashed the ball into the top corner. Despite late pressure, the Cypriots held on with their hopes of a play-off berth still intact going into the last round of matches.

Last updated: 12/10/15 0.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014044/postmatch/report/index.html#cyprus+stun+israel

Lineups

Israel

Israel

Cyprus

Cyprus

18
MarcianoOfir Marciano (GK)
1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
2
DasaEli Dasa
Substitution54
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
Goal58
Yellow Card59
3
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim (C)
5
DemetriouJason Demetriou
Goal80
4
BittonNir Bitton
Yellow Card45+1
Goal76
9
MytidisNestor Mytidis
7
ZahaviEran Zahavi
13
MakridisConstantinos Makridis (C)
Substitution84
8
KayalBeram Kayal
14
LabanVincent Laban
9
DabburMunas Dabbur
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades
Yellow Card51
12
Ben ChaimTal Ben Chaim
Yellow Card90+3
17
EfremGeorge Efrem
Substitution86
14
VermouthGil Vermouth
Substitution65
19
LaifisKostas Laifis
20
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
Substitution71
21
MakrisAntreas Makris
Substitution46
21
TibiEytan Tibi
23
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou

Substitutes

23
HaimovGuy Haimov (GK)
22
PanayiKostas Panayi (GK)
1
LeviBarak Levi (GK)
12
NegriAlexandre Negri (GK)
5
MeliksonMaor Melikson
Substitution71
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
6
D. PeretzDor Peretz
4
MerkisGiorgos Merkis
Substitution86
10
HemedTomer Hemed
Substitution65
6
AngeliAngelis Angeli
11
AbedAhmed Abed
7
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
13
DavidzadaOfir Davidzada
8
KyriakouCharis Kyriakou
15
Tzedek                        Shir Tzedek
10
CharalambidesCostas Charalambides
Substitution46
16
RikanAvraham Rikan
11
EconomidesGeorgios Economides
Substitution84
17
KehatRoi Kehat
16
KolokoudiasGeorgios Kolokoudias
19
DganiOrel Dgani
Substitution54
18
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
22
DamariOmer Damari
20
KastanosGrigoris Kastanos

Coach

Eli Gutman (ISR) Charalampos Christodoulou (CYP)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Soares (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Xistra (POR), João Capela (POR)

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