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Israel stuns Honduras 4-2

Israel celebrates international victory
Lou Roesch

Not many of the more than 19,000 plus fans that packed BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday night expected the Israeli national soccer team to post a dominating 4-2 win over Honduras but dominate they did repelling one attack after another.
Eran Zahavi’s blast in the 34th minute past a diving Donis Escobar gave Israel the early lead silenced a mostly pro-Honduran crowd.
Israel continued to push the attack led by the stalwart midfield play of Omer Damari and Ben Tal Haim. Their play had Israel nearly scoring on a Gil Vermouth header that sailed just wide in the 36th minute, a chip from Damari in the 39th minute went over the crossbar and then Zahavi was stopped in the 43rd minute of play.
“Our midfield controlled the field,” said Israeli national team coach Eli Guttman. “Our game was a very, very smart game. Very, very smart movement.”
Honduras regrouped and came out firing in the second half. Midfielder Roger Espinoza ripped a shot from the left flank striking the inside of the far post tying the game 1-1 in the 47th minute.
The Israelis countered in the 52nd minute on an own goal by Honduras’ Maynor Figueroa. Figueroa deep in his own box deflected a shot from Israeli forward Tal Ben Haim into the back of the net.
Israel extended its lead to 3-1 when a Gil vermouth shot rattled off the post ladning at the foot of Omer Damari who slipped it by a helpless Escobar.
Vermouth finished the scoring for Israel in the 75th minute lacing a low blast off the far post. The goal was a result of a strong counter as Elianiv Barda gathered in a ball at midfield and raced down the sideline before lifting a pass to Vermouth.
Honduras’ final goal came on a goal from former Dynamo player Carlo Costly. The goal was Costly’s 31st national team goal in his 69th appearance for Honduras.
“Tactically we were bad,” summed up Honduras head coach Luis Fernando Suarez.
Honduras will have 24 hours to make a determination of the 23 players to continue on the road to Brazil. Israel failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

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