Duke triumphs: ÖFB eleven perishes in Israel
Long badly played – high won. This is how the Sunday evening of the Israeli national team can be described. On Sunday evening, Israel showed a frighteningly weak performance, especially in the first half of the match, but hit four times ice cold and defeated superior Austrians 4-2.
Israel, coached by Austrian Andreas Herzog, showed both technical and tactical shortcomings right from the start, played extremely passively and encountered Austria very disembodied. As a result, the visitors, who included Dragovic, Hinteregger, Baumgartlinger, Lazaro and Sabitzer as five Bundesliga players in the starting eleven, took over the game, were able to change gears and take the lead and went into the front in the eighth minute through Arnautovic. It seemed as if the ÖFB-team could quickly get a comfortable lead, but apparently irritated by their own superiority, Austria did not come to any noteworthy conclusions except for Arnautovic (21.) and Lazaro (30.).
Out of nowhere: Israel turns the game around
Instead, Israel profited from a collective deep sleep in the Austrian defensive and came out of nowhere to balance the score: Dasa was completely free on the right flank, Zahavi Hinteregger escaped in the centre – and he marked the 1:1 (34th). Austria seemed shocked, but picked up the pace, missing the lead again in the person of Arnautovic (40th) and Dragovic (40th/41st). Instead, Israel came before the goal for the second time – and turned the game: A Natcho free kick sailed into the middle, again Zahavi was spot on and laced the double pack – 2:1 (45.).
After the side change, it went wild: Austria played analogous to passage one lively forward and had bad luck that Dragovic’s header on the line was cleared (49.). The goal was scored again by the hosts – and how: Zahavi put the ball 23 meters in front of the goal and drove it humorless into the left angle (55th). Austria was consternated, but it came even worse: Triple packer Zahavi laid crosswise on Dabbur, who defeated Lindner in the second attempt – 4:1 (66.).
Arnautovic dusting and shortening
The ÖFB team tried to play offensively despite more hanging heads and rewarded itself in the 75th minute: While Sabitzer still failed at the crossbar, Arnautovic did better and dusted off by head – only 2:4.
Subsequently, the hosts continued to settle in, were on the same line with some seven players and increasingly turned the clock. This took away the Austrian’s place, their desire and, ultimately, their opportunity to create tension with a third goal. Hemed could have put the finishing touch, but the attacking man pushed the ball over the line from offside in the fifth minute of injury time.
Israel won 4-2 after a curious and entertaining 90 minutes and are now in first place with four points from two games, while Austria are holding the red lantern with two defeats.