Dou­ble de­feat for Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL ANDI Herzog’s ten­ure as Is­rael man­ager got off to a dis­ap­point­ing start with de­feats against Al­ba­nia and North­ern Ire­land. Is­rael were de­feated 1-0 by Al­ba­nia in their Na­tions League opener be­fore suc­cumb­ing 3-0 in an in­ter­na­tional friendly at Wind­sor Park.

Steven Davis and Stu­art Dal­las had given Ire­land a 2-0 ad­van­tage at half-time against an Is­rael team play­ing a 1-4-6-0 for­ma­tion. The vis­i­tors of­fered lit­tle in the at­tack­ing third and their fate was sealed when sub­sti­tute Gavin Whyte reg­is­tered with his first touch.

Re­flect­ing on the per­for­mances, Herzog re­marked: “We cre­ated some op­por­tu­ni­ties against Al­ba­nia, but against North­ern Ire­land we didn’t even get into their penalty area.”

Herzog con­ceded: “We com­pletely lost our shape in the sec­ond half. But I saw some good things in these two games and against Scot­land at home next month, with the crowd be­hind us, it will be a com­pletely dif­fer­ent game.”

Is­rael are next in ac­tion in the Na­tions League against Scot­land at the Sammy Ofer Sta­dium in Haifa on Oc­to­ber 11.

PHOTO: PA

North­ern Ire­land’s Jor­dan Jones rides a chal­lenge from Is­rael’s Ei­tan Tibi

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