Israel coach Eli Gutman 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Israel coach Eli Gutman claimed the national team’s 2-0 victory over Honduras in
an international friendly in New York on Sunday will prove to be important to
the remainder of the blue-andwhite’s 2014 World Cup qualifying
A stunning Hen Ezra goal from 25 meters out in the 52nd minute
put Israel in the driving seat before Shimon Abu Hazeira’s strike (76) secured
the victory in front of 26,170 fans at Citi Field, which usually serves as the
home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.
Israel is currently in
second place in European qualifying Group F and doesn’t play its next qualifier
until September 6 when it hosts Azerbaijan, three days before visiting
However, Gutman was confident that Sunday’s win will still help
the national team in its preparations for the resumption of its qualifying
campaign in three months time.
“This victory is important to the rest of
our qualifying campaign,” said Gutman. “We are returning to Israel with our head
held high. Hen Ezra’s goal is the reason people come to watch soccer. I’m also
very happy for Abu Hazeria for scoring his first goal for Israel.”
also singled out goalkeeper Ariel Harush for praise. Harush started for the team
in the absence of Dudu Aouate.
“When the team plays well defensively that
helps the ‘keeper,” noted the coach.
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“Harush was composed throughout the
match and he saved us on one occasion. He has massive potential.”
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