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Inter Blue 1-6 Hod HaSharon: Quality Opponents Humble Us in Final League Game of the Season

‘18 ⚽️ 0-1 Hod HaSharon goal

‘32 ⚽️ 0-2 Hod HaSharon goal

‘50 ⚽️ 0-3 Hod HaSharon goal

‘64 ⚽️ 1-3 Nacho Duek goal (penalty), Ran Sarusi assist

‘69 ⚽️ 1-4 Hod HaSharon goal

‘75 ⚽️ 1-5 Hod HaSharon goal

‘81 ⚽️ 1-6 Hod HaSharon goal

Top row (from left to right): Tom Printac, Gato Schwalb, Uriel Benita, Ehud Eblagon, Facu Cervigni, Misha Marianoff, Niv Gittelman, Max Russell, Martin Lagman, Ran Sarusi, Didi Hovav, Sebastian Saidman, Martin Siber and Zequi Lubocki.

Bottom row (from left to right): Ami Alpert, Nacho Duek, Daniel Rubio, Kevin Natanzon, Nico Milieris, Titi Cabuli, Tomas Hoffer and Sam Sank.

Yesterday’s game was not our best performance. To be fair we had many new faces on the team and some players were returning from injury which was a challenge. But, nevertheless, it’s a good wake up call that we have to be focused on this week and on our game if we want a result on Saturday in the Interclasico.

In the first half, we played well defensively against a Hod Hasharon team that had good attacking movement and played well between the lines. During the half, our defensive stance was solid and we generally kept our shape well and managed to keep the game a battle in the midfield.

They did, however, manage to get through and create a number of opportunities, ending the half 2-0 up. Going forward, we did struggle to create many dangerous opportunities, although we did look more dangerous, especially when finding Facu Cervigni’s feet after he came on around the 30th minute.

The second half was relatively similar to the first. Hod Hasharon saw the larger share of possession, but as always we did put in a strong shift defensively. Hod Hasharon was able to get an early goal in the 50th. However, after some neat footwork from Ran Sarusi in the box, he was taken down by the defender and we were awarded a penalty. Nacho stepped up and neatly converted it, by putting it high in the top right corner.

The 3-1 scoreline did give us a boost in energy. Not long after that, Facu went on one of his incredible solo runs through their midfield, dribbling through several opposing players. He nearly played Ran to leave him 1 v 1 with the keeper, but the ball was just out of his reach and we were unable to capitalise on the opportunity.

During the remainder of the match, we did struggle a little bit to keep up with Hod Hasharon’s movement and fitness levels and the match ended up at 6-1. Again, we were short of players and with many coming back from injuries and so on. However, it’s a reminder that we do need to continue to train and to hold ourselves accountable to keep our standards high.

We end the league season in 7th place, all that remains is the cup...


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