Israel make Sweden wait

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 22.36CET
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
 

Match statistics

SwedenIsrael

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts7
 
7
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners2
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
16

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Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 22.36CET

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: 04/09/10 0.54CET

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Lineup

Sweden

Sweden

Israel

Israel

1Kristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)1Ariel Harosh (GK)
2Emil Salomonsson4Din Mori
3Marcus Nilsson5Rami Gershon
4Joel Ekstrand
Yellow Card67'
6Bebars Natcho
Goal38'
Substitution77'
5Pierre Bengtsson8Nir Bitton
6Jiloan Hamad
Substitution62'
10Victor Mare
Yellow Card67'
7Albin Ekdal (C)
Yellow Card58'
11Maor Bar Buzaglo (C)
Substitution89'
8Sebastian Eriksson
Substitution74'
12Liroy Zhairi
Yellow Card23'
9Martin Olsson
Substitution74'
15Omri Ben Harush
Yellow Card74'
10Rasmus Elm19Dor Malul
11Agon Mehmeti
Goal77'
20Idan Vered
Goal64'
Yellow Card78'
Substitution82'

Substitutes

12Victor Noring (GK)18Robi Levkovich (GK)
13Michael Almebäck3Tayacho Chekol
14Niklas Backman7Tal Ben Chaim
15Jimmy Durmaz
Substitution74'
9David Biton
16Guillermo Molins
Substitution62'
13Orel Dgani
Substitution89'
17Johan Mårtensson14Hasan Abu Zaid
Substitution77'
Yellow Card89'
18Rasmus Jönsson
Substitution74'
22Elroy 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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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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