Israel 1-1 Scotland: Ryan Fraser’s equalizer saves another draw for Steve Clarke’s squad in World Cup qualifying after Dor Peretz led hosts in front of 5,000 fans in Tel-Aviv
- Scotland played another World Cup qualifier for 2022 – this time in Israel
- Dor Peretz gave Israel the lead in the first half with a long-range strike
- Ryan Fraser equalized ten minutes after half time after a pass from Che Adams
- The World Cup qualifier was played in front of 5,000 fans in the Tel-Aviv Arena
Scotland players said last week that they were inspired by the efforts of their Six Nations counterparts when they wanted to end their own hoodoo on the road.
Gregor Townsend’s group went to Twickenham and Paris, winning both for the first time this century. History was rewritten.
Since 1986, when Paul McShay got the only goal, Scotland has left Israel victorious. In the end, no rabbit could be pulled out of the hat here. It took a Ryan Fraser equalizer to get Steve Clarke’s men out of their sad first half.
Ryan Fraser saved a draw for Scotland on Sunday in their World Cup qualifier against Israel
Dor Peretz put Israel in the lead with a stunning long-range effort that flew into the net
Israel (3-4-1-2): Marciano; Arad, Elhamed, Tibi; Dasa, Natcho (Lavi 63), Peretz, Menachem (Kayal 80); Solomon; Weissman (Dabbur 74), Zahavi.
Subs not used: Abu Hanna, Nitzan, Abu Fani, Blorian, Haziza, Taha, Klaiman, Kandil, Abada.
Targets: Peretz (44)
Scotland (3-4-3): Marshall; Hendry (Christie 46), Hanley, Tierney; O’Donnell, McTominay, McGregor, Robertson; McGinn (McLean 74), Fraser (Armstrong 86), Adams (Dykes 75).
Subs Not Used: Gallagher, McKenna, Considine, Fleck, Nisbet, McBurnie, Gordon, McLaughlin.
Targets: Fraser (56)
Referee: Christian Dingert (Germany)
“Disappointed,” Clarke summed up succinctly.
“We didn’t start well, but we made a small adjustment and had better control over the changes I made. As always, this group of players showed good character and with a little luck we could have claimed everything. ‘
In what has been the sixth meeting of these two parties in the past two and a half years, it was inevitable that this was a close encounter. Given that Denmark had hit eight after Moldova and Austria hit three after the Faroe Islands, a draw was not appropriate for either side’s bid to be in Qatar next year. The final whistle came, the faces of both sets of players said it all.
Clarke was looking for urgency, especially on offense, having spent most of his pre-match talking about the ‘fresh legs’ he had at his disposal. Southampton’s Che Adams got his first start for his country as a replacement for Lyndon Dykes, and he looked alive, albeit without a decisive contribution.
Scott McTominay had to do better with the first big chance of the game in seven minutes, working himself free in the penalty area to head Andy Robertson’s corner next to eight meters wide.
The 5,000 fans who entered Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium breathed a collective sigh of relief.
The game quickly became more of a basketball game than a football game – momentum swung from side to side – and that seemed to suit Israel more than Scotland.
Manor Solomon, who scored the only goal when these teams met in November, drew a fine mid-half save from David Marshall, but it turned out to be a warning that Scotland was ignoring.
The World Cup qualifier was played in front of 5,000 fans at Bloomfield Stadium
Peretz’s stunning opener put Israel in the lead, but David Marshall could have done better in goal
Sixty seconds before half-time, they were behind, a long-range attack from Dor Peretz that got the better of a full Marshall. It was only Peretz’s second goal for his country. The other? That was also against Scotland.
Repeats showed that Marshall got both hands by the ball, but could only push it into the side of his net. He knew he should and could have done better.
Clarke responded by proposing Ryan Christie at the break, pulling out Jack Hendry and switching to a back four and that had the desired effect.
Scotland was immediately more dominant, more stifling and it paid dividends early on when Fraser shot an equalizer for the hour, cleverly advanced by Adams.
Fraser brought Scotland back into the game after finishing Che Adams’ pass during the break
“I thought we were showing character and the gaffer said at half time to get up and I thought we were doing better,” Fraser said.
“The gaffer got us into a fight and some of our passages were brilliant.”
The goal had a stirring effect. Heads that fell when Peretz’s attack began were suddenly lifted – memories of Twickenham and Paris returned for the Tartan army.
Scotland insisted, armed with the knowledge that the point against Austria in Hampden would be considerably watered down if there were not three here in Tel Aviv.
In the end, there was no dramatic late show. It shouldn’t be. Unbeaten in the group but only two points to show. The Israeli hoodoo goes on, 35 years and counting.