Penalty woe for Nathan and co
SPORT JOEL Nathan cut a frustrated figure after Team Maccabi GB’s penalty shoot-out curse struck again as they left the Pan American Games in Santiago empty-handed.
A stoppage-time effort from Laurence Beck had given GB a lifeline in their bronze-medal play-off match against America in a match that finished 1-1.
With no further goals in extra-time, GB’s fate was sealed by spot-kicks, with Bradley Lazarus, Laurence Swerner and Darren Dryer failing to convert to leave Nathan’s troops down and out.
GB had started the competition with a 2-1 defeat against America. They followed it up with a 1-1 draw against Argentina before their match against Brazil was abandoned when a Brazilian player was sent off for headbutting GB’s Clive Nathan and the match referee, with GB leading 1-0.
Needing to beat host nation Chile by two clear goals to stand a chance of reaching the final, GB drew a blank in a goalless encounter.
Nathan said: “We are all gutted but I am extremely proud of every one of my teammates who have represented MGB superbly on the international stage in an event none of us will ever forget.”
There was better news for Sam Cohen who described her bronze medal in the Open Tennis event as the icing on the cake.
Cohen, who also medalled at last summer’s European Maccabi Games in Berlin, said: “It is always an honour to represent MGB and join the Maccabi family in this global celebration of world Jewry.”
Cohen, who also partnered Gregory Bernstein in the Open Mixed Doubles event, added: “From start to finish it was another incredible experience of Jewish pride. We were a small delegation but the spirit and camaraderie was fantastic.”
TheUSAtoppedthefinalmedalstable with 56 golds in an overall tally of 133.
Sam Cohen won GB’s only medal with bronze in the tennis