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Israel tops Belarus to stay in contention for Euro 2024 qualification

Gabi Kanichowsky found the back of the net in extra time at Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium.

Israel’s national soccer team beats Belarus 1-0 in Euro 2024 qualifying action in Tel Aviv, Sept. 12, 2023. Credit: TPS.
Israel’s national soccer team beats Belarus 1-0 in Euro 2024 qualifying action in Tel Aviv, Sept. 12, 2023. Credit: TPS.

Israel’s national soccer team pulled out a heart-stopping 1-0 victory over Belarus on Tuesday night, keeping the team in contention to qualify for the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship.

Gabi Kanichowsky found the back of the net in extra time (93rd minute), sending an already raucous crowd into a frenzy at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium.

The win keeps Israel in third place in Group I, right behind Romania.

Israel and Romania played to a 1-1 tie in Bucharest on Saturday evening.

Israel’s national soccer team beats Belarus 1-0 in Euro 2024 qualifying action in Tel Aviv, Sept. 12, 2023. Credit: TPS.

Switzerland stayed atop the group with 14 points after cruising to a 3-0 victory over last-place Andorra. Romania stayed two points behind in second place by beating Kosovo 2-0.

Israel sits on 11 points in the qualifiers, with three other teams in the group trailing far behind.

The top two teams from the group will qualify for the Euros next year in Germany.

While Israel is fighting for a trip to Germany next year, the team has already qualified for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. Israeli soccer will be heading to the Olympics for the third time.

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