Israel v Georgia

Israel target Georgia victory

March 28, 2011

Israel coach Luis Fernandez feels victory over Georgia in Tel Aviv on Tuesday would re-ignite their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

A late header from Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal gave Israel a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Latvia at Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday. Another win would lift them above Georgia in Group F and level with second-placed Croatia, who travel to France for a friendly.

It would also see them just a point behind group leaders Greece, albeit having played a match more.

However, with Georgia beating Croatia in Tbilisi at the weekend, and so far undefeated away from home, Fernandez knows his side are set for another stern test of their credentials.

"The Georgians are a tough side, they beat Croatia 1-0 and they are capable of playing good football,'' he said. "It will be very tough for us and for some players to turn out for a second time in four days will be very difficult.

"However, if we beat Georgia on Tuesday we will be in a good situation.''

Isreal earned a goalless draw in Georgia on September 7, but then lost successive qualifying games against Croatia and Greece before Kayal's late intervention saw them return to winning ways.