The Israeli national team lost 3:0 to Switzerland in the Euro 2024 qualifiers

The Israeli national team lost 3:0 to Switzerland in the Euro 2024 qualifiers

The Israeli national team lost 3:0 to Switzerland this evening (Tuesday) in the second round of the Euro 2024 qualifiers. Vargas (39), Amdoni (47) and Widmer (52) decided the game late. The team came to the game in Geneva after finishing with a 1:1 draw at home against Kosovo and is in fifth place in Group 9. Israel will meet Belarus and Andorra in June, with the goal of improving the chances of qualifying for the European Championship.

National team coach Alon Hazan decided to make two changes to the starting line-up on Saturday at Bloomfield Stadium. Oscar Gloch was replaced by Mahmoud Jaber and Shawn Weissman replaced Tai Bribo in the attack. On the other hand, the Swiss arrived after defeating Belarus 0:5.

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Israel: Omri Glazer, Eli Desa, Raz Shlomo, Miguel Vitor, Doron Leidner, Neta Lavi, Dor Peretz, Mahmoud Jaber, Dolev Haziza, Manor Solomon, Thai Bribo.

Switzerland: Jan Sommer, Sylvain Widmer, Manuel Akanji, Nico Albadi, Ricardo Rodriguez, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria, Remo Frouiller, Ruben Vargas, Zaki Amdoni, Cedric Itten.

Manor Solomon in the uniform of the Israel national team against Switzerland, in the qualifiers for Euro 2024 (photo: courtesy of the Israel Football Association)

The level differences were evident from the opening whistle. Switzerland showed superiority and attack and met goalkeeper Amri Glazer ready on several occasions. Israel tried to defend and launch passing attacks, but was usually inaccurate and quick to lose. In the 39th minute, Switzerland went up 0:1, Amdoni Gebbia, Froyler struck, Desa was late to close and Ruben Vargas kicked from the air to the crossbar and in.

In the second half, Switzerland came up sharp and determined, in the 47th minute, Vargas sent a cross, Itan kicked beautifully with his heel, Glazer jumped and headed, but Amdoni got to the rebound and kicked from close range into the exposed net. Not 5 minutes have passed and already 0:3 to Switzerland. Zakaria charged to Widmer, who was in line with the defense and hit inside. Israel started to attack after the Swiss dropped a gear and the result was kept at the end of the game.

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