Euro 2012

Israel frustrate Georgia in Euro 2012 qualifier

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2010

Israel lie second in Euro 2012 qualifying Group F following a goalless draw against Georgia in Tblisi on Tuesday night.

Having beaten Malta 3-1 at home on Saturday, Luis Fernandez’s troops adopted a cautious approach at the Boris Paichadze National Stadium, in a match played in front of 3,000 spectators.

A game of few chances saw Georgia, managed by former Newcastle favourite Temuri Ketsbaia, go closest when Gogita Gua rattled Dudu Awat’s crossbar with a scorching free-kick from 35 yards after 17 minutes.

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Benayoun proves his leader status

September 7, 2010

EURO 2012 Luis Fernandez, the Israel manager, hailed captain Yossi Benayoun after the midfielder fired a decisive hat-trick in the team's 3-1 opening qualifier victory over Malta.

Only 17,365 attended the match at Ramat Gan as Fernandez masterminded victory in his first competitive match. Benayoun opened the scoring after seven minutes before Jamie Pace claimed a shock equaliser. But Benayoun made the game safe with two strikes in the second half.

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Israel to play Euro 2012 games on Shabbat

By Simon Griver, April 15, 2010

Israel will play some Euro 2012 qualifiers at Ramat Gan on Friday nights, angering the country's religious community, the JC can reveal.

Israel FA spokesman Gil Lebanony said: "We have no choice. Uefa has dictated the games must be played on Fridays and our opponents have not agreed to switch them to Saturday nights."

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