Soccer-Israel beat Georgia 1-0 with Benayoun bonus

March 29, 2011 21:52


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Israel welcomed back captain Yossi Benayoun from a six-month injury layoff as they beat Georgia 1-0 in a Euro 2012 Group F qualifier on Tuesday with a 59th-minute goal by substitute striker Tal Ben Chaim.

Ben Chaim of Maccabi Petah Tiva, not to be confused with central defender Tal Ben Haim who played the entire match, scored in the 59th minute, seven minutes after coming on to replace midfielder Bebars Natcho.Left unmarked on the right side of the area he blasted home a pass from Elyaniv Barda after Maor Buzaglo had done all the running down the left wing.

The result keeps Israel very much in the hunt in a tight Group F,which Greece lead on 11 points. Croatia and Israel, who also beat Latvia 2-1 on Saturday, both have 10, with Georgia on nine.

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