Israel soccer team 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Despite conceding a stoppage-time goal to fall to a 2-1 defeat to the Czech
Republic on Saturday, Israel captain Yossi Benayoun believes there are plenty of
positives to take out of the international friendly played in Graz,
Czech striker Milan Baros put his team ahead from the penalty
spot in the 17th minute after being pulled down by Israel goalkeeper Ariel
Harush, playing in place of the injured Dudu Aouate.
equalized with a header from 12 meters out on the brink of halftime, but David
Lafata sealed the victory for the Czechs following a corner kick with a 15-meter
strike helped by a deflection off a defender.
However, despite the
disappointment at suffering a defeat at the death, Benayoun tried to remain
optimistic ahead of Thursday’s friendly at Germany.
“We are frustrated
with the result,” said Benayoun.
“We worked hard and at times played
“The target of friendly matches is to try out different things and
we will learn from our mistakes and improve together.
“The Czechs have a
very strong team and it is no coincidence that they qualified for Euro 2012.
There’s no reason to get worked up about the result because overall there were