Itztadion Ramat Gan - Ramat Gan 07/09/2013 - 19:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group F

Israel - Azerbaijan
1-1
 

Israel - Azerbaijan 1-1 - 07/09/2013 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

The official website for European football

Azerbaijan tie puts Israel in a bind

Published: Saturday 7 September 2013, 21.45CET
Israel 1-1 Azerbaijan
Etey Shechter struck back to earn his side a draw, but Eli Guttman's men are losing touch with the top teams in Group F.
by Boaz Goren
from Itztadion Ramat Gan
Azerbaijan tie puts Israel in a bind
Israel's Etey Shechter and Azerbaijan's Rasim Ramaldanov ©AFP

Match statistics

Israel
Azerbaijan

1

Goals scored

1

15

Total attempts

11

6

Attempts on target

5

8

off target

5

5

blocked

4

2

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

3

1

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

13

Fouls committed

13

13

Fouls suffered

13

Press kits

Standings

  
Published: Saturday 7 September 2013, 21.45CET

Azerbaijan tie puts Israel in a bind

Israel 1-1 Azerbaijan
Etey Shechter struck back to earn his side a draw, but Eli Guttman's men are losing touch with the top teams in Group F.

Etey Shechter's goal secured a share of the spoils for Israel at home against Azerbaijan, but their chances of reaching the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals from Group F are looking increasingly slender.

Rahid Amirguliyev's 61st-minute effort put Azerbaijan in front, yet while the Azerbaijani lead lasted for just 12 minutes, a point was not the return Eli Guttman's side would have hoped for. Israel now lie three points adrift of second-ranked Russia, their opponents in St Petersburg on Tuesday night.

With frontrunners Portugal and Russia both winning on Friday, Israel knew they needed victory to keep up the pace. However, for all that they appeared the better team for much of the game in Ramat Gan, they were not to trouble their visitors much. Perhaps tellingly, the only player who managed to unsettle Kamran Agayev in the Azerbaijan goal was defender Eytan Tibi, who hit the woodwork in the 19th minute and came close again before the break.

It was a shock none the less when Azerbaijan went ahead, Amirguliyev's shot from distance beating Dudu Aouate. The goal spurred Israel forward, with debutant Ofir Davidzada delivering the ball for the unmarked Shechter to strike back. Even so, the winner that Israel wanted so badly would not be forthcoming.

Last updated: 08/05/14 4.38CET

Related information

Player profiles
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/worldcup/season=2014/matches/round=2000294/match=2008669/postmatch/report/index.html#azerbaijan+hold+israel

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.