Israel warmed up for September’s matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage, with a 1-1 draw in Windsor Park.
Israel concluded a week’s training camp in England and Northern Ireland, as part of the preparations for the matches against Latvia (5.9) and Luxembourg (9.9) in September, with a 1-1 draw against the Northern Ireland.
Grant McCann gave the hosts the lead on 18, when he curled a free-kick into the corner of the net, past Israeli keeper, Dudu Aouate. Elyaniv Barda equalized 9 minutes later from a wonderful assist by Aviram Baruchyan.
Avihay Yadin, who was on the starting XI, and was one of the best players on the pitch, as well as Dean Mori, held their premieres for the senior National Team.
10,000 greeted the players in Windsor Park, giving the match a special atmosphere. 7 Minutes into the game Israel had a 1st attempt on goal, when Yadin’s shot was stopped by Maik Taylor.
10 minutes later Northern Ireland took the lead. Grant McCann was fouled 20 meters from goal. McCann himself stepped up, and shot a ball that went past Aouate.
Only 9 minutes passed, and Israel was back in the game. Roberto Colautti found Baruchyan, who sent a precise pass across goal, which found Barda who equalized. After the goal Israel assumed control of the field, and 36 minutes into the first half almost took the lead, when Tamir Cohen’s header was saved from the line.
The first chance in the second half came after 69 minutes, when Baruchyan shot wide after an excellent pass by substitute, Salim Toama. Israel was close to a late winner, but Colautti’s shot 10 minutes from time was stopped by Jonathan Tuffey.
Northern Ireland: Taylor, Baird, Craigan, Hughes, McCartney, Johnson, Clingan, McCann, Brunt, Healy, Lafferty.
Israel: Aouate (Davidovic 46), Meshumar, Keinan (Ben Haim 46), Strul (Mori 71), Ben Dayan, Cohen (Kayal 46), Baruchian, Benayoun (Toama 54), Yadin (Ziv 65), Barda, Colautti.