Israel Soccer: Inter Aliyah Blows Lead in Opening Away Game

After a promising first half, the all-immigrant team lost as Elizur Yafo came from behind to secure the win

Inter Aliyah soccer team
Sam Sank

Israel’s first ever all-immigrant team, Inter Aliyah, got its third season in the Israeli fifth tier off to a pretty painful start after Elitzur Yafo came from behind to collect all three points last Friday.

Under new manager, Eli Mashan, the squad of new immigrants began to control proceedings in the late September heat and broke the deadlock midway through the first half courtesy of a left-footed strike from new signing Pakado Golantau.

The lead didn’t last long into the second half, however, after Yafo equalized, and despite the linesman waving for offside, the referee overruled him. Inter went back in front again, this time through a well-hit free kick from Brazilian playmaker Leo Fingerhut.

Ahead 2-1, most would have expected the away side to close out the game. However, two late goals gave Elitzur all three points, leaving the away support dumbfounded and the Inter players bemused.