Israel misplaced 2-1 to Romania on Saturday in an emotionally charged European Championship qualifying recreation it hosted in Hungary due to the warfare with Hamas.
Romania, which had missed out on the 2020 version regardless of being one of many hosts, certified for Euro 2024 with the win. Israel is assured a playoff spot due to its Nations League document.
The Group I match was the final of two “residence” video games for Israel in Felcsut, a Hungarian village of round 1,900 folks.
The video games had been relocated to Hungary in spite of everything matches had been canceled in Israel following Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault. Israel tied Switzerland 1-1 in its first recreation in Hungary on Wednesday.
As supporters of the Israeli workforce arrived on the stadium on Saturday, many chanted slogans and draped Israeli flags over their shoulders. Some staged an indication for the hostages nonetheless being held by Hamas, elevating banners that stated, “Males, girls, youngsters murdered,” and chanting “Carry them residence.”
The warfare was triggered by Hamas’ assault in southern Israel, during which militants killed about 1,200 folks, largely civilians, and kidnapped some 240 males, girls and kids. Greater than 11,500 Palestinians have been killed, in response to Palestinian well being authorities.
Dannel Morag, 19, stated he got here to Hungary from his hometown of Ashdod, 15 miles (round 25 kilometers) north of Gaza, simply to see the match. He’ll quickly be part of the Israeli Protection Drive and wished to point out help each for the workforce and his nation.
Yuval Nakibli, a 25-year-old from Israel, stated she felt it was essential to help the Israeli workforce, including “We will present what’s actually essential, and it’s to convey all of the hostages residence proper now and end that horrible warfare.”
A collection of blue teddy bears with their eyes coated by black bandages had been placed on a few of the seats at Pancho Enviornment.
Eran Zahavi put Israel forward with a header two minutes into the match. The guests rallied with objectives by George Pușcaș within the tenth and Ianis Hagi within the 63rd. Romania’s Valentin Mihăilă was despatched off within the eighty fifth for a sliding sort out on Israel’s Dor Turgeman.
Israel wanted a win to maintain alive its possibilities of mechanically qualifying for subsequent yr’s match in Germany.
Israel stayed third with 12 factors from 9 matches, 5 factors behind second-place Switzerland and 7 behind chief Romania.
Israel subsequent go to Andorra on Tuesday to complete its qualifying marketing campaign.