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Israel back on track after Andorra stroll

Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 22.40CET
Israel 4-0 Andorra
Israel revived their Group B qualifying campaign as they curtailed a losing streak of three games with a convincing victory in Haifa.

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Match statistics

IsraelAndorra

Goals scored4
 
0
Possession (%)74
 
26
Total attempts25
 
2
on target12
 
0
off target8
 
2
blocked5
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners15
 
2
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
11

Standings

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Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 22.40CET

Israel back on track after Andorra stroll

Israel 4-0 Andorra
Israel revived their Group B qualifying campaign as they curtailed a losing streak of three games with a convincing victory in Haifa.

  • Four first-half strikes prove decisive for Israel
  • First international goals for Nir Bitton and Munas Dabbur
  • Win followed defeats by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium and Wales
  • Israel stay third in Group B with three games remaining
  • Next matches: Wales v Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Andorra (Sunday)

Israel breathed life into their UEFA EURO 2016 qualification campaign as they overran Andorra in Haifa thanks to a clinical first-half display which refreshes their hopes of making it to a first UEFA European Championship finals.

The hosts got off to the perfect start in this Group B encounter, settling any nerves by taking the lead with just three minutes on the clock – Nir Bitton's long-range shot fumbled by goalkeeper Ferran Pol, allowing Eran Zahavi the chance to pounce and turn the ball into the net.

Midway through the first half Israel doubled their advantage, with the creator and the scorer of the first goal swapping roles as Zahavi's free-kick from the left was met by Bitton, who rose highest to head home his first goal for his country.

Within three minutes a Tomer Hemed penalty had made it 3-0 and with Andorra camped inside their own half worse was to follow for the Pyrenean team: Munas Dabbur showing good feet to jink past a couple of defenders before firing past the helpless Pol.

The second half would bring an improved display from Andorra, as they held Israel at bay, but it was still a night to forget for coach Koldo Alvarez, ahead of his 45th birthday on Friday. Indeed, it was a 51st consecutive defeat for the away side, a losing streak in competitive matches stretching back ten years.

Israel, meanwhile, now move into a crunch encounter against Wales on Sunday with ambition renewed. Victory against the Welsh would reduce the gap on the pool leaders to two points, with games against second-placed Belgium and Cyprus to come.

Last updated: 05/09/15 0.05CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013975/postmatch/report/index.html#israel+strong+andorra

Lineups

Israel

Israel

Andorra

Andorra

18
MarcianoOfir Marciano (GK)
13
Ferran PolFerran Pol (GK)
3
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim (C)
Substitution46
2
C. MartínezCristian Martínez
4
BittonNir Bitton
Goal22
3
M. San NicolásMoisés San Nicolás
Yellow Card59
6
NatchoBibras Natcho
5
Emili GarciaEmili Garcia
7
ZahaviEran Zahavi
Goal3
Substitution46
6
Ildefons LimaIldefons Lima (C)
9
DabburMunas Dabbur
Goal38
8
M. VieiraMarcio Vieira
Yellow Card47
10
HemedTomer Hemed
Goal26
Yellow Card46
Substitution75
10
A. SánchezAaron Sánchez
12
Ben ChaimTal Ben Chaim
11
MorenoSergi Moreno
Substitution72
16
DasaEli Dasa
16
RebésMarc Rebés
Substitution81
21
TibiEytan Tibi
21
Marc GarciaMarc Garcia
22
RikanAvi Rikan
22
RodríguezVictor Rodríguez
Substitution55

Substitutes

23
HaimovGuy Haimov (GK)
1
GomesJosep Gomes (GK)
1
LeviBarak Levi (GK)
4
SonejeeÓscar Sonejee
Substitution55
2
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
9
RieraGabriel Riera
5
MeliksonMaor Melikson
Substitution46
14
PeppeEdu Peppe
8
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution75
15
RodriguesAdrià Rodrigues
11
BuzagloMaor Buzaglo
Substitution46
17
AlvesLeonel Alves
13
DavidzadaOfir Davidzada
18
Josep AyalaJosep Ayala
14
VermouthGil Vermouth
19
LloveraMax Llovera
Substitution81
15
Tzedek                        Shir Tzedek
23
Jordi RubioJordi Rubio
Substitution72
Yellow Card88
17
SaharBen Sahar
19
DganiOrel Dgani
20
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush

Coach

Eli Gutman (ISR) Koldo Alvarez (AND)

Referee

Tamás Bognar (HUN)

Assistant referees

Oszkar Lemon (HUN), Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)

Fourth official

Gabor Erös (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Ádám Farkas (HUN), Jozsef Erdos (HUN)

Legend:

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