Beleaguered blue-and-white must turn Euro qualification back around

It was hard not to get caught up in the euphoria that followed Israel’s 3-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Euro 2016 qualifying in November of last year.

The fact the blue-and-white had started a qualifying campaign with three consecutive wins for the first time since joining UEFA 22 years previously, combined with the lopsided manner of the victory in Haifa, placed Israel in an ideal position go on and qualify for a first major tournament since the 1970 World Cup.

For the first time in more than 15 years, Israel beat a quality rival for qualification in a meaningful encounter and, at the very least, seemed set for a topthree finish in Group B.


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