Israel loses 1-2 to Romania in Euro 2024 qualifier

Romania's Andrei Ratiu, left, duels for the ball with Israel's Tai Baribo during the Euro 2024 group I qualifying soccer match between Israel and Romania at the Pancho Arena in Felcsut, Hungary, Nov. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Denes Erdos)
Romania's Andrei Ratiu, left, duels for the ball with Israel's Tai Baribo during the Euro 2024 group I qualifying soccer match between Israel and Romania at the Pancho Arena in Felcsut, Hungary, Nov. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Denes Erdos)

Romania comes from behind to beat Israel 2-1 at a game played in Hungary in Group I, securing its place in Euro 2024.

Romania reaches only its second major tournament since 2008 by ending Israel’s chances of automatic qualification.

Despite being forced to play what should have been a home fixture in Hungary due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Israel went in front after just two minutes through Eran Zahavi.

But Romania hit back quickly to level through George Puscas and secured their place in the tournament thanks to a goal by Ianis Hagi.

Now Israel’s only chance to qualify for Euro 2024 is in the upcoming playoffs.

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