Israel Soccer: Immigrant Club Draws in Both of Its Leagues

Inter Aliyah drew both in the fifth-tier Liga Gimel as well as in the International Football League of Israel

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Inter AliyahCredit: Sam Sank

Inter Aliyah, the Israeli club made up of immigrant players, drew both in the fifth-tier Liga Gimel as well as in the International Football League of Israel this week.

In Liga Gimel play, Inter Aliyah fought Shikun Vatikim Ramat Gan to a 1-1 draw, grabbing a point in an enthralling game before a large home crowd. Shikun Vatikim is one of the squad’s closest rivals.

After three wins on the trot, the all-international side headed into the game with confidence and gave its rival a tough game from the onset. However, the visitors broke the deadlock from a corner, with the Inter defense failing to clear the ball.

Yet the teams went into the break level after a good move, involving Evgeni Kart and Fernando Zatz, ended with Yoni Golfor grabbing his third goal in his past two games.

The second half was end-to-end stuff and although Inter had the clearer chances, it was Shikun that blew the chance to take all three points, as striker Dudu Bitton saw his penalty saved by Tal Amar with just 10 minutes to go.

Meanwhile, Inter Aliyah’s B team ended a two-game losing streak in the most dramatic fashion possible by sharing the spoils with last season’s IFLI runner-up, Ganei Aviv, in a 3-3 draw. Inter dominated throughout and entered the halftime break up a goal thanks to a David Prusa tap-in following a corner. The lead was doubled in the second half, as Gal Noymakr broke free of the defense and calmly slotted past the oncoming goalkeeper.

However, the game was turned on its head as Ganei Aviv rallied and found itself level following two quick goals. In an incredible turn of events, Aviv then went ahead in the 90th minute, with Inter’s defense at sixes and sevens. Yet, with the final kick of the game, Czech maestro David Prusa flicked on Jesse Feld’s cross to give the match a fair result.