The Israeli national under-21 soccer team is facing its Norwegian counterpart in the opening match of the Euro 2013 Championship – the first major soccer tournament to be held in Israel.
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Ahead of kick-off, there was good news for Israeli coach Guy Luzon, with news that influential captain Nir Biton passed a late fitness test and would be available to play in the match.
3rd minute: Norway comes close to opening the scoring, when a free kick from the right wing causes all kinds of problems for the Israeli defense. Eventually the ball is scrambled away to safety.
8th minute: Norway enjoyinf the bulk of the possession in the opening minutes, without posing any serious threat to the Israeli goal.
12th minute: Israeli goalkeeper Boris Kleyman pulls off a fine diving save to prevent Jo Inge Berget opening the scoring.
16th minute: Goal for Israel! Nir Biton slots home from the penalty spot after Omar Elabdellaoui was adjudged to have fouled Omri Ben Harush. A great start for the host nation.
23rd minute: Goal for Norway! Marcus Pederson is given too much space in the Israeli penalty box, and scores with a low, powerful shot that Kleyman can't reach. So far, an open and free-flowing game.
38th minute: Israeli coach Guy Luzon forced into early substitution, as Marwan Kabha is replaced by Ofir Krieff.
44th minute: Red card for Norway! Hedenstad dismissed for professional foul on Israel's Mohammad Kalibat.
Half-time: All square at halft-time in Netanya, but Israel has a double advantage - 13,000 home fans and a one-man advantage, following the ejection of the Norwegian defender.
71st minute: Goal for Israel! Alon Turgeman restores Israel's advantage from the same spot that Norway equalized. Can the blue-and-whites hold on for a famous victory?
90th minute: Goal for Norway! Disaster for Israel as Harmeet Singh scores a late equalizer for the visitors. 2-2 and just seconds left to play.
The Israeli team lines up as follows: Kleyman, Dasa, Gotlib, Twatha, Ben Harush, Kabha, Biton, Golasa, Kalibat, Dabbur, Barouch.
The Norway team is: Nyland Haskjold, Strandberg, Hedenstad, De Lanlay, Konradssen, Eikrem, Johansen, Elabdellaoui, Berget, Pedersen, Semb Berge.
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