In the end it was smash and grab, as Israel took all three points from the World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park, Belfast – withstanding Northern Ireland pressure for most of the match and the extreme cold conditions. Two late goals sunk Northern Ireland’s hopes and leave Israel in contention for qualification. Even the Israeli press said Israel scarcely deserved their victory.
On the previous evening, Israeli footballers celebrated the Jewish festival of Passover – by holding a seder (celebratory meal) in their Belfast hotel.
Practice your Hebrew by following the excited commentary from Israeli TV coverage of the game:
Exceptionally cold conditions had the Israelis rushing out for special supplies – read about it at the “Israel news in Northern Ireland” tab of our website.