Israel Triumphs 2-0 In Romania
Israel came into Romania expecting a decent result and came away with one. However Israel did not dominate the run of play. Israel opened up with a starting lineup of Colautti, Shechter, Benayoun, Vermut, Kiyal, Yadin, Saban, Ziv, Strool, Ben-Haim and Aouate. Romania dominated possesion much of the first half and had most of the better chances but Israel’s defenders were very good and Romania was unable to do any damage in the final third. Israel’s midfield was slow at closing down the Romanian attack and didn’t show for the ball when their center backs had it. Yossi Benayoun got the first goal just before the halftime whistle when he played a neat one-two with Itay Shechter. At the beginning of the second half, Interim coach Eli Ohana made four subsitutions, but the trend of Romania having the better possession continued. Shlomi Arbeitman, Tamir Cohen, Nir Davidovic and Elyaniv Barda all came in at the beginning of the second half for Roberto Colautti, Itay Shechter, Avihai Yadin and Dudu Aouate. Israel sat back and absorbed the Romanian pressure while waiting for their chances on the counter-attack. This tactic paid off with Elyaniv Barda winning the ball on a counter-attack and getting fouled in the penalty area. Israel could have made it 2-0 earlier when substitute Bibras Natcho sent in a great cross that Omer Golan completely missed. Hats off to the new coach who came out with a good lineup, but the players still need to work on linking up with the midfield. Yoav Ziv had a really good game and earned alot of praise from the commentators. The team still needs some work, and I think they would benefit from a change in formation into a 3-4-3, it would play more to the strengths of the team.
Israel: Dudu Aouate (46 Nir Davidovic), Klemi Saban, Tal Ben Haim, Avi Strul (53 Dekel Keinan), Yoav Ziv, Yossi Benayoun (80 Omer Golan), Biram Kiyal (Roni Gafni), Avihai Yadin (46 Tamir Cohen), Gil Vermouth (70 Bibras Natcho), Itay Shechter (46 Shlomi Arbeitman), Roberto Colautti (46 Elyaniv Barda)