Soccer: Israel cruises past Andorra to maintain Euro 2016 hopes

By REUTERS
September 4, 2015 01:12

 
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Israel crushed Andorra 4-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying Group B in Haifa on Thursday to maintain their hopes of at least a playoff place for a chance to reach the finals in France next year.

All the goals came in the first half and began with a third minute close-range strike by Maccabi Tel Aviv ace Eran Zahavi.

Nir Biton added the second with a glancing header in the 22nd and Tomer Hemed with a penalty (26) plus a goal by striker Munas Dabbur (38) after a slalom run wrapped up the win.

Israel are in third place, which brings a playoff spot, on 12 points from seven games behind group leaders Wales, who have 17 after beating Cyprus 1-0 away, and Belgium with 14 after their 3-1 home win over Bosnia.

Cyprus have nine points and Bosnia eight with Andorra bottom without a goal or a point.

Israel laid siege to the Andorra goal for the entire second half but failed to add to the score.

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