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 By PA Sport
Oct 13, 2014

Omer Damari nets hat trick as Israel ease to victory over Andorra

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Damari opened the scoring for Israel after three minutes with an impressive chip over Andorra goalkeeper Ferran Pol.

Israel maintained their 100 percent start to Euro 2016 qualification with a 4-1 victory over Andorra.

Omer Damari was the hero, the Austria Vienna striker scoring twice in the first half and then completing his hat trick eight minutes from time before Tomer Hemed netted a stoppage-time penalty.

It was Israel's second Group B victory after they also saw off Cyprus, while Andorra, whose goal came from captain Ildefons Lima, remained without a point.

It took Israel just three minutes to take the lead,...

Oct 10, 2014

Cyprus 1-2 Israel

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Israel opened their Euro 2016 Group B qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win over Cyprus in Nicosia.

Omer Damari put the visitors ahead on 38 minutes, with Tal Ben Haim adding a second just before the break.

Cyprus - who recorded an impressive away win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in their first qualifier - rallied and reduced the deficit through Konstantinos Makridis on 67 minutes, but could not find an equaliser.

The home side had started brightly, with an ambitious long-range effort from Andreas Makris...

Aug 29, 2014

Germany postpone Israel friendly over 'unsettled situation'

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop weighs in on Per Mertesacker's decision to retire from international competition.

World Cup winners Germany have agreed to postpone their planned international friendly with Israel next year to make way for a Euro 2016 qualifying match.

Israel's qualifier against Belgium, originally scheduled for Sept. 8, was recently postponed with UEFA currently forbidding any of its official matches from taking place in the country due to the unsettled situation. That game could now be rescheduled for March 25, the day Israel were meant to face Germany in a friendly.

The world champions have...

Aug 27, 2014

UEFA postpones Israel's Euro 2016 qualifier for security reasons

UEFA has postponed Israel's opening 2016 Euro qualifying match against Belgium for security reasons.

NYON, Switzerland -- UEFA has postponed Israel's opening 2016 European Championship qualifying match against Belgium for security reasons.

Israel was scheduled to host Belgium in Jerusalem on Sept. 9. UEFA says it switched the game to March 31, at a venue to be confirmed later.

A UEFA ruling last month stopped any of its matches from being played in Israel during...

Jun 6, 2014

Benayoun leaves QPR for Maccabi Haifa

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Yossi Benayoun has played for Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, QPR and West Ham in England.

TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel captain Yossi Benayoun has left Queens Park Rangers to join his hometown team Maccabi Haifa on a two-year deal.

The club said late on Friday that Benayoun, who last week made a record 95th appearance for his country, will return to play in Israel after spending the last 12 seasons in Europe.

The 35-year-old former Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham midfielder, had joined QPR in December 2013.

He spent four seasons at Maccabi Haifa early in his career, winning two...