Soccer: Inter Aliyah Finished First Half With Draw Against Bnei Yehud

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Aliyah B players, right, facing USSR last week.
Aliyah B players, right, facing USSR last week.Credit: Inter Aliyah Club

The final game of the season’s first half ended all square 2-2- with Bnei Yehud in Jaffa, as Inter failed to convert its many chances and was left to rue leaving the field with just a point.

Playing the only team it had yet to face this season, the all-olim side began brightly in a competitive game filled with good soccer. The hosts broke the deadlock with Oded Puzis firing home; the score stayed that way to halftime.

In the second half, as Inter pushed for the all-important goal, Yehud fired back, equalizing midway through. Then, with just 10 minutes to go, the turnaround was complete as the visitors went 2-1 up, much to the disbelief of the Inter faithful. Defeat was saved by an outstanding Fernando Zatz header, but Inter will be aggrieved to have dropped points to a weaker time.

Meanwhile, Inter Aliyah B edged USSR 3-2 in the International Football League of Israel. The game began with the unfortunate loss of captain of the day David Schumann, who injured his arm after just eight minutes. In the first 37 minutes, Inter hit the woodwork five times and couldn’t break through. A good move and run by Didi Hovav saw a free kick from 35 yards out. A stunning free kick curled into the goal courtesy of Sebastian Israel, for a 1-0 lead. Goalie Daniel Roche already had two big saves from what looked to be certain goals but in the 42nd minute he was helpless against a great strike down the right-hand side into the bottom corner. Just before halftime, an Ita Israel ball through to Ran Sarusi put Inter back up 2-1. In the second half, Inter piled on the pressure, yet USSR held on until it equalized from a corner in the 78th minute. With just five minutes to go, Sarusi beat the offside trap and crossed to Dani Mizrahi, who slotted it home to the horror of the Russians for the win.