An Eran Zahavi hat trick helped Israel brush past the Faroe Islands 4-0 in a soccer World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.
The result leaves Israel second in the group after four games played. Unbeaten Group F leader Denmark continued its winning ways, beating Scotland 2-0 in the evening’s other group game.
Zehavi, who plays club soccer for the Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, opened the scoring in the 12th minute and grabbed a second goal just before halftime. He wrapped up his hat trick in the second minute of injury time.
Hoffenheim striker Mu’nas Dabbur also scored with a 52nd-minute strike. Dabbur also had an assist for Zehavi’s second.
The result in Torshavn leaves Israel tied on points with Austria, but ahead on goal difference.
The Faroes are second-last in the group, ahead of Moldova.
Israel has not qualified for the World Cup since Mexico in 1970.