Soccer / Israel Beats Finland 2-1

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Israel made a dramatic 2-1 victory over Finland in an international friendly in Netanya Wednesday night.

Israel led for almost the entire game, thanks to a second-minute goal from Toulouse-based Eden Ben Basat, but when Petteri Forsell scored an equalizer in the 86th minute, it looked like victory would elude coach Eli Guttman.

Deep into injury time, however, Lior Rafaelov scored the winner in Israel's final warm-up game ahead of a pair of crucial World Cup qualifiers against Portugal (March 22 at Ramat Gan) and Northern Ireland (March 26 in Belfast).

Earlier in the day, the Israeli under-21 team played out a 0-0 draw against Serbia. Elsewhere, Ashraf Nu'man scored a hat-trick in Palestine's 4-2 victory over India at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi.

Israel plays Finland in a friendly soccer match in Netanya, Feb. 7, 2013.Credit: Nimrod Glickman

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