Guttman calls for calm after Israel defeat

By Danny Caro, March 6, 2014

Eli Guttman has some major decisions to make ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after Israel were beaten 3-1 by Slovakia in a friendly.

Guttman opted for youth - with Yossi Benayoun not selected - but their fans in Netanya were left frustrated after a lacklustre performance.

Martin Jakubko put the visitors ahead eight minutes before the break and the lead was doubled by Jan Durica on 69 minutes.

Super-sub Maor Buzaglo capped an excellent cameo with the goal of the game 10 mintues from time, but sloppy defending allowed Robert Mak to settle the contest.

Guttman said: "There is plenty of work to do, but I’m the last person who is concerned about hard work.

"I'm not worried, but I am aware of the national team’s situation. I’m not burying my head in the sand. I never said it would be easy to qualify for Euro 2016. We will need to excel as individuals and as a team."

Last updated: 3:25pm, March 10 2014