Suara.com – A number of interesting facts are presented behind the success and surprising story of the U-20 Israel National Team who managed to secure a place in the semifinals of the 2023 U-20 World Cup.
The passage of the U-20 Israel national team to the semifinals of the 2023 Argentina U-20 World Cup was confirmed after they succeeded in creating a surprise by silencing Brazil with a score of 3-2 in the quarter-finals.
In the duel that was held at the San Juan del Bicentenario Stadium, Argentina, Sunday (4/6/2023) WIB, three goals for the Israeli national team were scored by Anan Khalaili (60′), H Shibli (93′), and Dor Turgeman (105). Meanwhile, two goals for Brazil were scored by Marcos Leonardo (56′) and Matheus Nascimento (91′).
Here are a number of interesting facts from the performance of the U-20 Israel National Team at the age of qualifying for the semifinals of the 2023 U-20 World Cup:
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1. Have Experienced Defeat
The journey of the U-20 Israel National Team in the group stage of the 2023 U-20 World Cup did not go smoothly. This is because they have lost in the opening match of Group C.
This defeat was experienced by the U-20 Israeli national team when they faced Colombia in the first match. At that time, Israel narrowly lost with a score of 1-2. Luckily, they were able to bounce back in the next match to qualify for the knockout phase.
2. Don’t have a goal machine
The long journey that the Israel U-20 national team took to reach the semifinals of the 2023 U-20 World Cup was also supported by the players who worked hand in hand in scoring goals.
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The Israel U-20 national team does not have just one player who is a goal machine. The reason is, only David Turgeman and Anan Khalily both scored two goals. The remainder was contributed by Roy Navi, Omer Senior, Hamza Shibli and an own goal by Senegalese player Babacar N’Diaye.
3. Often Score Late Goals
The long strides recorded by the U-20 Israel National Team in this championship present an interesting fact, namely that they always score important goals in injury time.
That moment appeared in the match against Japan in the round of 16. This injury time goal made them win 2-1. The same thing happened when they beat Uzbekistan 1-0 through a late goal in injury time.
4. Sweet debut at the U-20 World Cup
The success of the U-20 Israel National Team in qualifying for the semifinal phase of the 2023 U-20 World Cup is indeed a very special achievement. Because, this is the first time for them to appear in this championship.
This record is an achievement in itself for the U-20 Israel National Team. Moreover, their participation in the 2023 U-20 World Cup was accompanied by rejection from a number of governors in Indonesia. Until finally FIFA canceled Indonesia’s status as the host of this championship.
(Muh Faiz Alfarizie)