After a 2-0 defeat of Albania, the Israelis are now leaders in League C. Italy beat Poland 1-0 thanks to a last-minute goal, and the Russians can also cheer.
Vienna, Sochi – Team boss Andreas Herzog is with the Israeli national team in the Football Nations League thanks to the second victory within four days on the rise. The Israelis defeated Albania 2-0 in Beer Sheva on Sunday and lead Group 1/Liga C with 6 points ahead of Scotland and Albania (3 each). Italy (Liga A) defeated Poland 1-0, relegating Lewandowski and Co. to the second place.
Italy, only spectators at the World Cup in summer, prevented the next setback in Chorzow thanks to a last-minute goal. The “Squadra Azzurra” won thanks to a goal from Cristiano Biraghi in the 92nd minute and thus kept the chance to win the group. Italy will need a home win over leaders Portugal on 17 November in Milan.
The Italians had a strong first half. Roberto Mancini’s side dominated the match, but missed some good chances and had bad luck twice when Jorginho hit the crossbar in the first minute and Lorenzo Insigne (30th). After the break, the Poles held up better, but Italy still had the giant chance to take the lead, which Leonardo Bernardeschi lost per head (71.). On the other side Kamil Grosicki and Arkadiusz Milik failed only one minute later with a double chance.
Lorenzo Insigne Honours
- Serie B: 2011–12
- Coppa Italia: 2013–14
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2014
- Serie B Footballer of the Year: 2012
- Coppa Italia Top Goal-scorer: 2013–14
In Beer Sheva, Israel goalkeeper Ariel Harush was match winner for Herzog’s squad with two strong actions in the initial phase. Harush parried a header from Bekim Balaj (7th) with a great reflex on the line and a minute later, he opened the lead. He put a wide kick right into the run of Tomer Hemed, who pulled up all by himself and shot past the goalkeeper from a good 20 meters (8th). Dia Seba fixed the victory in the final (83.) after Salzburg striker Munas Dabbur had missed a big chance three minutes before.
Herzog had lost the first two games of his tenure with Israel, including a 1-0 defeat of Albania in the Nations League. A 2-1 win against Scotland last Thursday brought the selection of Austria’s record team players back into the promotion game, and Israel now have a final for a place in the second-rate League B. Herzog and his squad will draw against Scotland in Glasgow on 20 November to secure first place.
Russia – Turkey 2:0
After two wins and a draw, Russia is allowed to flirt with promotion to the highest league. The “Sbornaja”, surprisingly quarter-finalist at the home World Cup in summer, defeated Turkey 2-0 (1-0) at the Olympic Stadium in Sochi. With three points, the Turks can’t be first any more, Sweden (1) has even less theoretical chances with one game. Check out GrandWild for more details about their promotions.
Roman Neustädter brought the team of team boss Stanislaw Tschertschessow into the lead in the 20th minute with a poacher’s goal after a corner ball. World Cup hero Denis Cheryshev made the preliminary decision (78th) seven minutes after his substitution in the counter after Alexander Golovin had given in.
In the other early Sunday games, Azerbaijan, like Kosovo in the Faroe Islands, were unable to beat Malta 1-1 at home. Serbia, who outnumbered more than a half, also suffered a setback in the goalless draw in Romania.