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N Ireland Northern Ireland vs Israel Israel

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L Refaelov (77)
E Ben Basat (84)

Northern Ireland lost 2-0 at home to Israel in World Cup qualifying Group F

Last Updated: 26/03/13 11:16pm

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Goals in the second half by Lion Refaelov and Eden Ben Basat secured Israel a 2-0 victory away against Northern Ireland in World Cup qualifying Group F on Tuesday evening.

Other than moments of positive play and hard work Northern Ireland failed to yield enough clearcut opportunities. For Michael O'Neill, who has not won in nine matches at the helm, it was a bitter pill to take.

Israel looked like they would grab the game by the scruff of the neck when Swansea striker Itay Shechter struck the outside of the post from a short-corner routine, but thereafter the hosts had much the better of things.

Shane Ferguson's enthusiasm on the left was the catalyst, a neat flick and a testing cross lifting his side. Niall McGinn was the first to take his lead, beating Rami Gershon on the right before slightly over-hitting his cross.

A lengthy spell of possession ended with Paterson outmuscled by Tal Ben Haim as he looked to latch onto Davis' through ball in the 18th minute.

Northern Ireland's industry almost earned them a goal just after the half-hour mark when Paterson battled to win possession on the byline and cut back to Davis.

Israel sub silences Windsor Park

The skipper looked sure to convert from six yards but goalkeeper Dudu Aouate saw a powerful shot hit him flush in the face before Ferguson's reaction header was swept from the line by Yuval Shpungin.

The second half started slowly, Northern Ireland doing most of the pressing but without creating anything concrete.

Davis went close to a stunning opener in the 59th minute after McGinn's pacy counter-attack drove his side forward. The Southampton midfielder took down a loose ball with aplomb and then sent a 20-yard rocket inches wide of the top corner.

Paterson twice appealed penalties unsuccessfully, Ben Haim and Aouate both cleared by the referee after seeing the striker go to ground.

Then, in the 77th minute, Israel defied the run of play to take the lead. Israel substitute Refaelov was the scorer with a delightful finish across Carroll, having been teed up by a smart one-touch pass from Shechter.

O'Neill sent on Pat McCourt and David Healy in a bid to change his side's fortune but instead they leaked a second six minutes from time. The otherwise excellent Evans botched a defensive header, Shechter broke and Ben Basat finished clinically.


Northern IrelandTeam StatisticsIsrael
0Goals2
01st Half Goals0
2Shots on Target4
6Shots off Target2
3Blocked Shots0
7Corners1
13Fouls11
2Offsides4
2Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
74.2Passing Success70.3
14Tackles13
92.9Tackles Success76.9
59.9Possession40.1
56.1Territorial Advantage43.9
500Total Passes343
32Total Crosses6
206Lost Balls188
70Recoveries42
60.51st Half Poss.39.5
58.22nd Half Poss.41.8

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 26th Mar - Group B
    Tue 26th Mar - Group F
    • Azerbaijan
      0 - 2
      Portugal
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    • N Ireland
      0 - 2
      Israel
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    Tue 26th Mar - Group D
    Tue 26th Mar - Group H
    Tue 26th Mar - Group A
    Tue 26th Mar - Group C
    • Rep Ireland
      2 - 2
      Austria
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    • Germany
      4 - 1
      Kazakhstan
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    Tue 26th Mar - Group I

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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