Israel beats Belarus to stay in contention for Euro 2024

Gabi Kanichowsky scores a last minute goal to keep Israel in the competition


Israel's midfielder #12 Gavriel Kanichowsky reacts after scoring a goal during the UEFA Euro 2024 group I qualification football match Israel v Belarus at the Bloomfield stadium in Tel Aviv on September 12, 2023. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

(JNS) Israel’s national football team pulled out a heart-stopping 1-0 victory over Belarus on Tuesday night, keeping the team in contention to qualify for the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship.

Midfielder Gabi Kanichowsky found the back of the net in extra time (93rd minute), sending an already raucous crowd into a frenzy at Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium.

The win keeps Israel in third place in Group I, right behind Romania. The two teams drew 1-1 in Bucharest on Saturday evening.

Switzerland stayed on top of the group with 14 points after cruising to a 3-0 victory over last-place Andorra. Romania stayed two points behind in second place by beating Kosovo 2-0.

Israel sits on 11 points in the qualifiers, with three other teams in the group trailing far behind.

The top two teams from the group will qualify for the Euros next year in Germany, but the Israeli team has already qualified for the Paris Olympics by getting to the semifinals of the under-21 Euros earlier this year.

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