Israel beat Japan 1-0 in extra time in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday (May 26) and went through to the finals of the Asian Zone of the World Cup football competition.
Israel beat Japan 1-0 in extra time in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday (May 26) and went through to the finals of the Asian Zone of the World Cup football competition. They are due to meet South Korea in the finals.
The 35,000 crowd saw a hard-fought but scrappy battle. Japan closely marked Mordecai Spiegler, Israel's only professional, and most dangerous player, and stifled most attacking moves. But they lacked the rhythm and anticipation to mount dangerous counter-attacks.
Eventually in extra time, outside-right Moshe Onana beat Japan's goal-keeper Yokoyama with a shot into the roof of the net from close in.
SYNOPSIS: The 35,000 crowd in Seoul's National Stadium expected something more than the dour, rugged play. But they can look forward with confidence to the zone final between the Israelis and South Korea, the home side.
For Japan, goal-keeper Yokoyama had a fine game.
The score was 0-0 at half time, and remained the same through the second half. Playing from right to left in extra time, the Israelis made desperate efforts to gain a clinching goal. The Japanese in turn broke down their attacks, but missed the speed and anticipation of inured Kazumi Takada on the right. He was unable to play. It looked as if it would end in stalemate.
Then Abe Gindin took the ball up the right and passed inside for Moshe Onana to ram it into the net.
Israel reached the final stages of the World Cup in 1970. Now it remains to be seen whether they can coach Munich ???.