'3 ⚽️ 1-0 Shai Revivo goal, Niv Gur assist
'27 ⚽️ 2-0 Guile Meyer goal
'31 ⚽️ 2-1 Manu Rivelis goal
Top row (from left to right): Renan Prais, Joey Spijer, Gianni Conti, Ben Mordukhovich, Adam Kohler, Etay Hadad, Nate Sadoun, Jordan Foss, Roei Valenstein, Roman Shapiro, Allan Camarov and Elijah Golding.
Bottom row (from left to right): Reuben Lewis, Shai Revivo, Omer Perez, Niv Gur, James Green, Eyal Cumartesi, Dean Robinson, Eliran Pinto and Guile Meyer.
Top row (from left to right): Zequi Lubocki, Manu Rivelis, Nico Fischman, Alex Yassin, Facu Cervigni, Gabi Bruck, Nico Grinberg, Tal Sharon and Niv Gittelman.
Bottom row (from left to right): Yoav Greenberg, Chebi Saidmann, Martin Kuzniecka, Elias Garzon, Nico Milieris, Daniel Geron, Ehud Eblagon, Misha Marianoff, Zack Shooter and Kevin Packer.
For the fourth time in history, our two teams in the IFLI2 faced off against each other in the much heralded INTERCLASICO game. It would be a day to remember for Inter White as they emerged victorious over Inter Blue for the first time, having lost the previous three matchups.
Many players were making their INTERCLASICO debut and for the more veteran Inter players from both sides, it was another chance to return home with some bragging rights.
In front of a good-sized crowd at our home pitch in Jaffa on a sunny Saturday afternoon, both sides played at full intensity for the majority of the game, leading to another memorable derby.
Inter Blue were arguably the favorites going into the game, based on the previous meetings and current form, but it was Inter White who came out of the blocks fastest and found themselves ahead after just a few minutes.
A quick counter-attack saw Niv Gur, playing against his former club, free down the right-hand side and his inch-perfect cross found Shai Revivo at the back post to score the game's opener.
Both teams saw their captains go off with injuries early on, James Green for White and Nico Grinberg for Blue, as was the aggressive and high-paced nature of the encounter.
As the game settled, Inter White doubled their lead. The Blue defence struggled to clear their lines, passing straight to Guile Meyer, who beat two men before firing past Yoav Greenberg. The Brazilian winger became only the second player, along with Zack Shooter yesterday too, to play for both teams in an INTERCLASICO.
Going two goals down, Inter Blue finally showed some urgency and found a way back into the game. The always dangerous Manu Rivelis down the right-wing hit an incredible effort that lobbed Gianni Conti to have the deficit not long before half-time.
The second half was an all-out brawl as Inter White desperately tried to hold on to their lead, while Inter Blue pushed on to try and equalize. However, truth be told, not to many clear-cut chances were created as heroic defensive displays were shown.
With the game reaching its climax, tensions ran high but thankfully no major incidents took place in this fiery derby and Inter White managed to hold on for what was a deserved win.
After three consecutive defeats in the INTERCLASICO, the joy and relief was really felt from the Inter White bench, even for those who were experiencing the derby for the very first time.