Fernandez gets second chance to make good first impression

Israel visits Chile, hoping for a much-improved performance in Luis Fernandez’s second match at the helm.

May 30, 2010 05:42
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Bibras Natcho and Luis Fernandez

Bibras Natcho and Luis Fernandez 311. (photo credit: IFA Web Site)

After its humbling defeat in Uruguay, Israel visits Chile on Sunday night hoping for a much-improved performance in Luis Fernandez’s second match at the helm.

The national team was completely dominated in the 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Uruguay on Wednesday night and Fernandez’s men will have to be far more composed it they are to avoid another humiliating experience.

Fernandez used six substitutions in the encounter in Uruguay in the hope of giving as many players as possible a chance to impress and he is expected to change the lineup against Chile for the same reason.

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Goalkeeper Ariel Harush and Ben Sahar are two players who definitely will not feature as they left the national team after the match in Uruguay to join the under-21 side in its preparations for next Friday’s crucial European Championship qualifier against Sweden.

Hapoel Tel Aviv midfielder Avihai Yadin is also expected to miss out with a sprained ankle, meaning Maor Melikson and Nir Biton, who made their debuts last Wednesday, could get another chance to prove their worth.

Eliran Danin, Avi Strul and Omer Golan, who were the only field players not to play in Uruguay, are also likely to get a run-out in front of Fernandez’s watchful eyes.

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