Result ISRAEL 1 – 3 ITALY, Goals by Pellé, Candreva, Ben Haim, and Immobile, Monday 5 September 2016, FIFA World Cup Qualifier

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 Israel    Israel 1 – 3 Italy 

35′ Tal Ben Haim               14′ Graziano Pellé
.                                                31′ Antonio Candreva (pen)
.                                                84′ Ciro Immobile
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Italy making the debut with a victory in the first match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Group G defeating Israel at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, Israel.   There is a big gap between Israel and Italy in the FIFA World Cup Ranking.  Italy in the 10th position and Israel in the 76th position.  Great start for the Italian National team with this away victory ending with 10 players after defender Giorgio Chiellini was sent off in the 55th minute.

Stats: FIFA Coca Cola World Ranking
Italy, 10th position with 1155.44 points
Israel, 76th position with 470.78

 Italy opening the score in the 14th minute.  It is forward Graziano Pellé to defeat Israel goalkeeper David Goresh with a right footed shot in the bottom left corner despite his anticipation attempting to save.   The assist is by defender Luca Antonelli.


The first yellow card of the match in the 27th minute is for Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini after a foul on Israel Tal Ben Haim.

Referee Sergei Karasev giving a penalty to Italy in the 30th minute conceded by Israel Ben Bitton after a foul on Italy midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura. It is Antonio Candreva to convert the penalty with  a right footed shot in the bottom right corner.   Way to go for Candreva.

Israel shortening the distance in the 35th minute.   This could be an error by defender Chiellini resulting in this goal.    Forward Tal Ben Haim II defeating Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon with a  right footed shot in  the top left corner.   The headed assist is by Tomer Hemed.   Ben Haim plays in Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Photo:    JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

A forced substitution for Israel in the 50th minute. Rami Gershon replacing injured Eytan Tibi.

Israel pressing and it seems like gaining momentum after the goal.   In the 52nd minute, Buffon saving the left footed shot by Nir Bitton in the bottom right corner.   The assist is by Ben Bitton.

Tough situation for Italy!!!!  In the 55th minute, Referee Karasev giving a second yellow card to defender Giorgio Chiellini after a foul on Tomer Hemed.  A disaster because now it is the automatic red card leaving the Italian team with only 10 players.   A bad day for Chiellini.

Israel making a substitution in the 58th minute.  Omer Atzily replacing Nir Bitton.

Italy making the first substitution in the 62nd minute.  Angelo Ogbonna replacing midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura.

The last substitution for Israel in the 64th minute.  Roi Kehat replacing forward Tal Ben Haim II.

Italy coach Ventura making the second substitution in the 67th minute.  Midfielder Alessandro Florenzi replacing Antonio Candreva.

Israel continuing pressing looking for a goal.  In the 67th minute, Buffon saving the left footed shot by Roi Kehat in the center.  The assis is by Sheran Yeini.    Israel creating more dangerous situation for goals and immediately another saved by Buffon.  This time Buffon saves the right footed shot by Eran Zahavi, the ex Palermo player who is now playing for Guangzhou R&F.

Party time!!   Italy scoring!!!!!  In the 84th minute, the goal by forward Ciro Immobile with a right footed shot defeating goalkeeper Goresh in the bottom left corner.  The action started with the long throw by Buffon reaching  Pelle who then provides the headed assist for Immobile for the final  move and there you go GOOOOAALLLLLLLL.



Here is ISRAEL official starting lineups by Head Coach Levy:

ISRAEL (4-3-3): David Goresh; Ben Bitton, Eytan Tibi, Shir Tzedek, Ofir Davidzada; Beram Kayal, Nir Bitton, Yeini; Ben Chaim, Tomer Hemed, Eran Zahavi (C).

Here is ITALY official starting lineup by Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura:

ITALY (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Candreva, Parolo, Verratti, Bonaventura, Antonelli; Éder, Pellè.


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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Standing Group G after Matchday 1

Teams MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 1 0 0 8 0 8 3
1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
1 0 0 1 0 8 -8 0


Here are the last 3 games of ITALY: 1 win, 2 lost

01/09/16 IFG Italy France 1:3
02/07/16 EC Germany Italy 7:6 (AP) Q
27/06/16 EC Italy Spain 2:0 1/8

Here are the last 3 games of ISRAEL:  3 lost

31/05/16 IFG Serbia Israel 3:1
23/03/16 IFG Croatia Israel 2:0
13/10/15 ECQG Belgium Israel 3:1 10


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Italy anthem “L’Inno di Mameli”



Italy official starting lineup against Israel


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Israel and Italy official starting lineups before the match

Italy Captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon


Photo:    /  JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Italian players congratulating forward Graziano Pellé after his goal against Israel in the 14th minute.


Italy forward Ciro Immobile

Italy Head Coach Gian Piero Ventrua



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Israel 1 – 3  Italy
Monday 5 September 2016
Samm Offer Stadium
Haifa, Israel


Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia).

Goals: 14′ Graziano Pellé (I), 31′ Antonio Candreva (I)(pen), 35′ 35′ Tal Ben Haim (Is), 84′ Ciro Immobile (I)

Official lineups – formations:

ISRAEL (4-3-3): Goresh; Bitton B., Tibi, Tzedek, Davidzada; Kayal, Bitton N., Yeini; Ben Chaim, Hemed, Zahavi.

Subs:  Harush, Kleyman, Dasa, Gershon, Natcho, Dabbur, Einbinder, Magharbeh, Atzily, Saief, Kehat, Golasa.

Coach: Levy.

ITALY (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Candreva, Parolo, Verratti, Bonaventura, Antonelli; Éder, Pellè.

Subs: Donnarumma, Marchetti, De Sciglio, Astori, Ogbonna, Florenzi, Rugani, Montolivo, Bernardeschi, Gabbiadini, Pavoletti, Immobile. 

Coach: Gian Piero Ventura.