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Israel vs. Spain
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Spain rolls Israel 4-1 in World Cup qualifier

Spain thumps Israel 4-1 in Group G of World Cup qualifying play, maintaining 72% of possession throughout play. Game was held in pro-BDS city of Gijon, which passed boycott legislation in January 2016.

Nobody expected the Israel National Team to return from a game against Spain with any points.



Alas, Israel managed to come out of the World Cup qualifier with something to show as Lior Rafaelov managed to find the back of the net from inside the Spanish box during the 76th minute.


Israel National Team comes to Spain

Israel National Team comes to Spain


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That would be one of the few positive things Israel managed to take away from the game, as host country Spain took Israel not only to the pro-BDS city of Gijón, but also the proverbial woodshed.


The Spaniards put on an absolute clinic in ball-handling skills, possession and coordinated offense and defense, which provided many scoring opportunities and helped them capitalize on four such chances.


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David Silva struck first in the 13th minute followed by Victor Machin just before first-half stoppage time. Diego Costa opened the second half with a header off a corner kick and Francisco Alarcon added the fourth just prior to the final whistle.


Friday's defeat puts Israel in third place of Group G behind powerhouses Spain and Italy.


פרסום ראשון: 03.25.17, 12:17
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