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Israel Loses 2-0 To Germany

Israel Lost 2-0  to Germany, however I feel they can hold their heads high. It’s not a bad result and they didn’t make too many mistakes. The first goal was a bit of a mistake after Tal Ben Haim had an opportunity to clear the ball , but wasn’t able to do so. Mario Gomez pounced and scored a good goal. The second goal was no fault of Israel’s as Andre Schurrle got a good strike from 25 yards out, that was unstoppable. I though Israel showed good discipline and organization. However they automatically conceded possession to the Germans from the opening whistle to the end of the 90 minutes. I think Eli Guttman can look forward to a good qualifying campaign.

    June 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I thought Israel, for the most part, gave a very good account of themselves. I thought their ability to maintain defensive shape and discipline was very, very good. It should be remembered that it took the Germans up until halftime to get their first goal … I thought that the Israel goalkeeper Haroush had a pretty good game (he and Natcho were picked as Men of the Match for Israel by the German paper I read), also … Israel had a few chances on the counter and Neuer had to make a few plays to earn his clean sheet, make no mistake. The Israelis did struggle to get men forward in numbers, no question, but some of that was undoubtedly as a result of the tatics and strategies being employed — Personally, I do think the Israelis approached this match on the road in the right way (defense first, look to hit back on the break) … If the two teams played again tomorrow, I would like to see the Israelis maintain a little more possession. I would also like to see the Israeli defense not concede quite so much territory without a fight, i.e., confront the offensive team perhaps a little higher up, i.e., more in the midfield third of the field … I think the Israelis can be proud of their two results against the Czech Republic and Germany. I think they did some good work on defense and picked up some valuable experience that will pay off down the line.

  2. snowbozo21
    June 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Yea the tactics were very defensive by Israel, they were more open in the second half. Arguably Vermouth was Israel’s best player for the game. Although Harush had a really good game as well. I hope they will be less defensive in their next games.

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