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Played
October 15, 2013 6:00 PM BST
National Stadium Ramat Gan — Tel Aviv
Referee:‬ L. Duhamel‎
Attendance:‬ 12785‎
 
Top of the Match
Eden Ben Basat
Eden Ben Basat
Israel
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
N. Ireland
Flop of the Match
Rory McArdle
Rory McArdle
N. Ireland
Eitan Tibi
Eitan Tibi
Israel

Israel 1-1 Northern Ireland: Davis strikes to earn point for visitors

The home side took the lead just before half-time through Eden Ben Basat, but the Green and White Army fought back in the second period to avoid a fourth successive defeat

By Peter Thompson

Israel striker Eden Ben Basat
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Israel and Northern Ireland had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their final World Cup qualifying Group F clash in Tel Aviv, with Steven Davis' second-half strike levelling the scores for the away side.

Neither side had any chance of qualifying for Brazil ahead of the game at the Ramat Gan Stadium, but there was still plenty to play for, with Israel coach Eli Guttman hoping to earn a new contract and Northern Ireland eager for their only away win in the campaign.

Israel, who were guaranteed to finish third regardless of the result, took the lead courtesy of Eden Ben Basat's sixth goal in Group F at the end of a disappointing first half.

MATCH VIEW
By Tom Marshall-Bailey
So Northern Ireland end an otherwise dour World Cup qualifying campaign with a creditable point in Israel to offer Michael O'Neill and his side some encouragement for the Euro 2016 qualifiers next year.

Eden Ben Basat had threatened to consign O'Neill's men to a fourth consecutive defeat with an expert first-half header but Steven Davis, one of the travelling Green and White Army's best performers on the night, had other ideas.

The Southampton man drew his side level with a sumptuous volleyed effort to end Group F on a high note.
But the visitors were far more threatening after the break and captain Davis rescued a point with a clinical finish 18 minutes from time.

Israel coach Guttman made three changes to the side that drew with Portugal on Friday night, with Maor Melikson, Lior Refaelov and Ofir Davidzada promoted to the starting line-up in place of Elyaniv Barda, Omri Ben Harush and Maharan Radi.

There were six changes to the Northern Ireland starting line-up following their defeat in Azerbaijan, two of those coming at centre-back with suspended duo Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley replaced by Rory McArdle and Chris Baird.

Northern Ireland striker Martin Paterson thought he should have had a penalty eight minutes in for a push from goalkeeper Dudu Aouate, but referee Laurent Duhamel saw nothing untoward.

The visitors were forced to make a change after just 24 minutes when Corry Evans was on the wrong end of a heavy challenge from Sheran Yeini, who was cautioned, and Chris Brunt came on to replace him.

After a slow start Israel got into their stride and it came as no surprise when they took the lead three minutes before half-time, with the impressive Eyal Meshumar picking out Ben Basat with an inviting cross from the right and the Toulouse striker headed into the bottom-right corner of the net.

Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart and Israel's Dekel Keinan required treatment after a clash of heads early in the second half, with Cathcart playing on after being bandaged up.

Brunt almost equalised after an hour when Israel allowed the midfielder to line up a shot with his dangerous left foot and his strike was deflected narrowly wide.

But Northern Ireland were level 18 minutes from time, with substitute Jamie Ward laying the ball off to Davis and the skipper fired into the bottom-right corner with his right foot from the edge of the penalty area.

Paterson came close to winning the match but his 77th-minute volley was straight at the advancing Aouate, though Northern Ireland will be glad to have prevented a fourth successive defeat.


Israel

13
Dudú Aouate
Goalkeeper
3.00
27
Eyal Meshumar
Defender
43′
3.50
2
Eitan Tibi
Defender
3.00
-
2.50
-
Tal Ben Haim
Defender
46′
3.00
-
Bibras Natcho
Midfielder
3.50
16
Eran Zahavi
Midfielder
71′
3.00
8
Lior Rafaelov
Midfielder
79′
2.50
12
Maor Melikson
Midfielder
3.00
21
Sherran Yeini
Midfielder
22′
3.00
9
3.50

N. Ireland

3.00
1
Roy Carroll
Goalkeeper
2.50
6
Chris Baird
Defender
2.50
20
2.50
-
2.50
2
Lee Hodson
Defender
2.00
23
2.50
31
Corry Evans
Midfielder
24′
2.50
14
Niall McGinn
Midfielder
65′
2.50
-
Sammy Clingan
Midfielder
3.50
8
Steven Davis
Midfielder
72′
3.00
10

Substitutes

-
Ariel Harush
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
Boris Kleyman
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
3.00
-
 - 
-
Orel Dgani
Defender
 - 
6
Gal Alberman
Midfielder
 - 
-
Hen Ezra
Midfielder
 - 
-
Mahran Radi
Midfielder
 - 
-
Nir Biton
Striker
 - 
-
 - 
9
2.50
-
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
-
Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
 - 
47
 - 
4
Alex Bruce
Defender
2.50
31
Shane Ferguson
Midfielder
78′
3.00
11
Chris Brunt
Midfielder
24′
 - 
29
 - 
16
2.50
-
Jamie Ward
Striker
65′ 72′
 - 
19

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