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Israel's Euro dreams shattered by Iceland defeat; Ukraine secures dramatic comeback victory

Posted : 22 March 2024

Israel's aspirations for a maiden European Championships appearance were dashed by a 4-1 defeat to Iceland, amidst the backdrop of ongoing conflict at home.


Despite the relocation of their tie to Budapest due to the conflict against Hamas, Israel initially showed promise in their quest for a major tournament finals spot for the first time since the 1970 World Cup.


Eran Zahavi's penalty put Israel in the lead, but Iceland swiftly turned the tide with Albert Gudmundsson's equalizer and Arnor Ingvi Traustason's subsequent goal before halftime.


Despite Israel's Roy Revivo being sent off in the 73rd minute, they had a chance to level the score when awarded another penalty, only for Zahavi to miss the target, allowing Iceland to capitalize further.


Gudmundsson's brace, including a late hat-trick, sealed a comprehensive victory for Iceland, setting up a crucial clash against Ukraine for a spot in the finals in Germany.


Meanwhile, Ukraine kept their hopes alive for back-to-back European Championship appearances with a dramatic 2-1 comeback win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.


After falling behind to an own goal, Ukraine staged a late resurgence, with substitute Roman Yaremchuk and Artem Dovbyk scoring crucial goals in the dying minutes to secure a vital victory, setting the stage for a decisive showdown against Iceland.


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