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Israel make Sweden wait

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.36CET
Sweden 1-2 Israel
Israel jumped back into contention in Group 6 with a surprise victory away to the section leaders.
by Pelle Rasmussen
from Gamla Ullevi
Israel make Sweden wait
Bebars Natcho (right) celebrates his goal ©AFP
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.36CET

Israel make Sweden wait

Sweden 1-2 Israel
Israel jumped back into contention in Group 6 with a surprise victory away to the section leaders.

Sweden's hopes of reaching the play-offs are back in the balance after a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Israel, who leapt into contention thanks to goals in either half from Bebars Natcho and Idan Vered in Gothenburg.

A point would have taken Sweden through as Group 6 winners, but they must now avoid defeat in Bulgaria on Tuesday to secure their place. Israel started the game six points off the summit with only two games to play, but would now qualify if they beat Montenegro in their final match on Tuesday and Sweden lose.

That scenario appeared highly unlikely as Sweden kicked off looking to preserve their undefeated record in the section. Instead, the visiting side took control and deservedly went ahead on 38 minutes when Natcho fired in from outside the box after being teed up by Liroy Zhairi.

Nineteen minutes into the second half, Vered doubled the lead when he lobbed Kristoffer Nordfeldt in the Swedish goal after receiving a fine through ball from Nir Bitton. Agon Mehmeti's terrific acrobatic volley pulled a goal back for the 2009 semi-finalists with 13 minutes remaining, but Sweden could not force a second and now face a nervy wait before meeting Bulgaria.

"Maybe the players were a bit nervous as for many of them it was their first chance to qualify for a major tournament," Sweden coach Jörgen Lennartsson said. "I hope we can use today's performance as a motivational factor coming into the last group match and that we can get a better result on Tuesday in Bulgaria."

Last updated: 12/11/13 3.01CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Israel

Israel

1
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
1
HaroshAriel Harosh (GK)
2
SalomonssonEmil Salomonsson
4
MoriDin Mori
3
NilssonMarcus Nilsson
5
GershonRami Gershon
4
EkstrandJoel Ekstrand
Yellow Card67
6
NatchoBebras Natcho
Goal38
Substitution77
5
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
8
BitonNir Biton
6
HamadJiloan Hamad
Substitution62
10
MareVictor Mare
Yellow Card67
7
EkdalAlbin Ekdal (C)
Yellow Card58
11
BuzagloMaor Buzaglo (C)
Substitution89
8
ErikssonSebastian Eriksson
Substitution74
12
ZhairiLiroy Zhairi
Yellow Card23
9
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
Substitution74
15
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
Yellow Card74
10
ElmRasmus Elm
19
MalulDor Malul
11
MehmetiAgon Mehmeti
Goal77
20
VeredIdan Vered
Goal64
Yellow Card78
Substitution82

Substitutes

12
NoringVictor Noring (GK)
18
LevkovichRobi Levkovich (GK)
13
AlmebäckMichael Almebäck
3
ChekolTayacho Chekol
14
BackmanNiklas Backman
7
Ben Haim IITal Ben Haim II
15
DurmazJimmy Durmaz
Substitution74
9
BitonDavid Biton
16
MolinsGuillermo Molins
Substitution62
13
DganiOrel Dgani
Substitution89
17
MårtenssonJohan Mårtensson
14
Abu ZaidHasan Abu Zaid
Substitution77
Yellow Card89
18
JönssonRasmus Jönsson
Substitution74
22
CohenElroy Cohen
Substitution82

Coach

Jörgen Lennartsson (SWE) Guy Luzon (ISR)

Referee

Euan Norris (SCO)

Assistant referees

Gordon Middleton (SCO), William Baxter (SCO)

Fourth official

Neil Watters (SCO)

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