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Israeli Goalkeeper Ariel Harush a Laughingstock in Mexico

Less-than-stellar performance by Israel’s last line of defense.

The dry statistic is that Israel lost to 3-0 Mexico in front of 100,000 fans at the Azteca Stadium in an international friendly Thursday, but the real (anti-)hero of the game was Israel’s goalkeeper Ariel Harush who – how does one put this subtly? – underperformed.

The 26-year-old Beitar Jerusalem stopper made a complete hash of the first goal, somehow failing to intercept a hopeful 30-meter shot aimed straight at him. For the second goal – also a tentative attempt from well outside the penalty box – he acrobatically tipped the ball under the crossbar instead of catching it. At least Harush dived in the right direction for the third goal – but got nowhere near the ball as a rather weak attempt sailed into the net.

His less-than-brilliant performance led Britian’s Metro newspaper to headline a story Thursday “Is Israel international Ariel Harush the worst goalkeeper ever?

Actually, it could have been even more embarrassing – just ask Maccabi Haifa’s Assaf Mendes.

Fans hold up an Israel flag on the tribune during an international friendly soccer match
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