Sahar gives Israel share of group lead

Published: Wednesday 18 November 2009, 10.45CET
Israel 4-0 Bulgaria
Ben Sahar struck a hat-trick as Israel took a three-way share of the Group 6 lead with a convincing victory over bottom-placed Bulgaria.
by Ofer Ronen-Abels
Sahar gives Israel share of group lead
Ben Sahar struck a hat-trick at the Ramat Gan Stadium ©Getty Images

Match statistics

IsraelBulgaria

Goals scored4
 
0
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts16
 
7
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners8
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
7

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Published: Wednesday 18 November 2009, 10.45CET

Sahar gives Israel share of group lead

Israel 4-0 Bulgaria
Ben Sahar struck a hat-trick as Israel took a three-way share of the Group 6 lead with a convincing victory over bottom-placed Bulgaria.

Ben Sahar scored a hat-trick as Israel took a three-way share of the lead in Group 6 of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying courtesy of an impressive win over bottom side Bulgaria.

Sweden test
With pacesetters Sweden next up in June for Israel, Mordehay Iwanir's side knew that victory was required to keep alive realistic hopes of topping the section. RCD Espanyol striker Sahar got the ball rolling after just seven minutes with a deflected shot that evaded Ivan Karadzhov and the former Chelsea FC man then doubled his side's advantage on 24 minutes, capping off a slick move by calmly slotting in Avraham Rikan's square pass.

Vered finish
Sahar nearly completed his hat-trick on 31 minutes only to see his effort thwarted on the line, but the hosts' third duly arrived a minute later by virtue of Eidan Vered's close-range finish. Sahar went on to add his own third after 57 minutes when he rounded Karadzhov and turned into the unguarded net to leave his team level on points with both Sweden and Montenegro, the former having played one game fewer. 

Last updated: 18/11/09 20.21CET

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Lineup

Israel

Israel

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1Ariel Harush (GK)12Ivan Karadzhov (GK)
2Liroy Zhairi2Pavel Vidanov (C)
3Avraham Rikan3Vasil Bojikov
4Din Mori5Viktor Genev
5Rami Gershon6Nikolay Dyulgerov
6Bebras Natcho (C)8Marian Ognyanov
Substitution73'
7Gai Assulin9Ismail Isa
8Almog Cohen10Nikolai Petrov
Substitution62'
9Omar Damari
Substitution61'
13Georgi Terziev
14Ben Sahar
Goal7'
Goal24'
Goal57'
Substitution71'
14Todor Kolev
Substitution39'
20Idan Vered
Goal32'
Substitution77'
20Georgi Korudzhiev

Substitutes

18Boris Kleyman (GK)1Mihail Aleksandrov Ivanov (GK)
10Beram Kayal
Substitution77'
4Daniel Zlatkov
11David Biton
Substitution71'
7Strahil Popov
Substitution62'
12Tal Ben Chaim11Filip Filipov
Substitution39'
15Oded Elkayam15Georgi Milanov
16Israel Rosh17Victor Petakov
Substitution73'
17Mohammad Ghadir
Substitution61'
18Stefan Stanchev

Coach

Mordehay Iwanir (ISR) Ivan Kolev (BUL)

Referee

Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Helmut Trattnig (AUT)

Fourth official

Markus Hameter (AUT)

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