Israel Makes It to European Teen Soccer Championship Final

The team's 2:1 win against France marks the first time Israel earned a spot in the final since joining UEFA in 1996

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Israel's players celebrate scoring during the UEFA Under-19 European Championship semi-final soccer match between France and Israel on Tuesday.
Israel's players celebrate scoring during the UEFA Under-19 European Championship semi-final soccer match between France and Israel on Tuesday.Credit: Vladimir Simicek/AFP
Ido Rakovsky
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Israel's national teen soccer team beat France on Tuesday, securing its first-ever spot at the UEFA Under-19 European Championship final later this week.

The team's 2:1 win marks the first time Israel has reached such an advance stage in the competition since joining UEFA in 1996.

The team has also qualified for the 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

The Israeli team could credit some of the success to their rivals, as it was the French defender Souleymane Toure who scored an own goal and gave Israel its first point. The second goal was scored by Israel's midfielder El Yam Kancepolsky.

The team is due to face off with two-time-winner England in the upcoming final on Friday.

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