Combo and Ramat Gan delivered a thrilling 3-3 draw in the second round of the International Football League of Israel.
Both teams had a lot of star players missing but managed to put on quite a show on the pitch in Jaffa. Ramat Gan took an early lead after its striker, Omri Ron, latched onto a through ball by Jeriel Kabangu and slotted it past the goalkeeper from outside the box. Ramat Gan dominated the first half but failed to convert a number of chances and Combo was lucky to be only down 1-0 at half time.
In the second half Combo got an important moral boost following the arrival of injured captain, Dan Gvosdin, cheering from the bench. Five minutes into the second half, Henry “Yoyo” Levi capitalized on a rare mistake by the Ramat Gan goalkeeper, Fernando Saavedra, to make the score 1-1. Combo took control of the game and it seemed like a second goal was just a matter of time. After 10 minutes, a goal did come, but against the run of play, Omri Ron scored a brilliant goal, lobbing the goalkeeper from a tight angle, after a pinpoint 65-meter pass from central defender, Evgeny Davidkin.
Combo responded quickly as Yoyo, with another solo effort, dribbled past two defenders and was brought down for a clear penalty. Combo’s star player calmly converted from the spot to make it 2-2. In the 80th minute Combo took the lead with a well-crafted team play to set up striker Itay Uriel for his second goal of the season. Ramat Gan pushed back and earned a penalty through Ruslan Maksudov, which Omri Ron calmly scored to make it 3-3. The game ended in a dramatic fashion, when Combo was awarded another penalty in the 90th minute. Uriel stepped up confidently but was denied by a great save from Ramat Gan’s Saavedra.
Combo will next play in a South American derby while Ramat Gan hosts Sport Ashdod.
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Elsewhere in the league, Inter Aliyah maintained its perfect start to the season, coming through unscathed by defeating French opposition Etz Ashdod 3-1 at home. Sporting new kits, the home side struggled to break down the opposition in the opening 45 but went into the break 1-0 up after Didi Hovav curled a lovely shot to wrong-foot the goalkeeper on the stroke of the break.
Inter was lucky to have kept a clean sheet at this point, with Etz missing several chances and Inter goalkeeper Daniel Roche making big stops. After the restart, Inter doubled its lead as Max Klaber fed David Prusa through on goal . Prusa added his second of the night, following a Ran Sarusi cross, which gave his side back a two-goal cushion following an Etz goal.