Friday September 2, 2011 Group Stage: Group F Finished Bloomfield

Israel 0 - 1 Greece

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    Time:90'
    • Israel
    • Greece
    • 90' It is all over in Tel-Aviv and it may well be all over for Israel's chances of qualification for Euro 2012, a great goal from Ninis an hour in was enough to prove the difference between the sides. Greece are now top of Group F by four points and are looking strong.
    • 90' There is going to be five added minutes here in Israel
    • 88' Greece are winning the game. but they aren't winning any fans here. The diving and time wasting is absolutely outrageous. If they come away with the three points though they won't care.
    • 84' Two great chances for Refaelov, the first he blazes over from 12 yards, the second is well blocked from close range. The home side win a series of corners but can't create anything from them.
    • 80' Israel pushing hard for the equaliser now, another Hamed header is off target from inside the area. Greece are slowing the game down at every opportunity.
    • 69' Theatrical stuff from a number of the Greek players, Karagounis especially looks like someone has swung a spade at his face when infact a stray arm barely caught his nose. Could be a fair amount of time wasting in the last 20 minutes
    • 65' The Greeks look full of confidence now, getting forward more now than they did before the goal. They can't afford to leave themselves open at the back though.
    • 60' GOAL FOR GREECE!!! Just as Israel looked to be getting the upper-hand they fall behind. Sotiris Ninis picked up the ball in midfield and although he seemed to be surrounded by blue shirts as he moved forward, no one put a challenge in and he skipped to the edge of the box and then slid the ball calmly into the bottom left corner, great goal but poorly defended
    • 58' Best chance of the game so far and it falls to the substitute Hemed. Benayoun beats his man on the right and swings in a great cross right onto the head of the striker but his effort flew jsut wide of the post
    • 55' On come Hemed and Damari in place of Zahavi and Shechter
    • 52' The home side's bright start was nearly undone there as a Greek corner fell to Samaras but he couldn't get any power behind his diving header, Israel struggled to clear it though as it pinballed around in the box, eventually it was hacked away though
    • 50' Israel with a bright start to the half and that has got the crowd going again, Ben Harush with a powerful run down the left and gets a good cross in, eventually wining a corner.
    • 46' The second half is underway and hopefully some goals are on the way
    • 45' There's the half time whistle. It was a pretty dour half but picked up towards the end with both teams showing some more attacking intent. The onus is on the home team here to take the team to the visitors who would be more satisified with the draw.
    • 45+3' Makos and then Salpingidis get shots in, the first is kept out and the second is wide
    • 45+1' Zahavi fires in another shot from range but again the goalkeeper isn't in any danger of having to make a save
    • 45' There's going to be four minutes of added time at the end of this first half
    • 43' Greece are forced into a change as Makos comes on for the injured Kafos
    • 43' For those who don't remember the reverse fixture back in October, it was won 2-1 by Greece in Piraeus thanks to goals from Salpingidis and Karagounis, Israel's goal came from a Spyropoulos own goal.
    • 38' The veteran Karagounis has an effort but it never looked on target, comfortably over the bar
    • 37' There is a booking though as Cohen hacks down Samaras from behind as he was heading into the box, dangerous area for a free-kick
    • 35' Zahavi has an effort from a free-kick from 25 yards but it is well off target, there is very little going on in terms of goal mouth action here unfortunately.
    • 32' There is an excellent atmosphere in the Bloomfield Stadium despite the defensive nature of the game, the crowd get especially excited when new Arsenal signing Yossi Benayoun gets on the ball.
    • 29' This really is a must win game for Israel as they sit behind both Greece and Croatia in group F, and have played a game more. A defeat would leave them four points behind the Greeks and put their hopes of qualification in serious doubt
    • 27' The away side are certainly looking the more threatening going forward, but they can't quite break through a stubborn Israeli defence at this point
    • 22' The teams at the Bloomfield Stadium look like this: Israel: Aouate, Shpungin, Ben-Haim. Cohen, Gershon, Zahavi, Benayoun, Ben Harush, Kayal, Refaelov, Shechter/// Greece: Sifakis, Torosidis, Zaradoukas, K Papadopoulos, A Papadopoulos, Karagounis, Kafes, Katsouranis, Ninis, Samaras, Salpigidis
    • 14.26 We have one game underway at the moment and it is currently 0-0 between Israel and Greece
  • Summary

    • 60' GOAL FOR GREECE!!! Just as Israel looked to be getting the upper-hand they fall behind. Sotiris Ninis picked up the ball in midfield and although he seemed to be surrounded by blue shirts as he moved forward, no one put a challenge in and he skipped to the edge of the box and then slid the ball calmly into the bottom left corner, great goal but poorly defended
    • 58' Best chance of the game so far and it falls to the substitute Hemed. Benayoun beats his man on the right and swings in a great cross right onto the head of the striker but his effort flew jsut wide of the post

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Israel

    Manager: Luis Fernández

  • Greece

    Manager: Fernando Santos

  • Line-up

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      Yellow Card Substitution Out42′ 6.4 -
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      Goal Substitution Out77′ 8.1 -
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