Israel clings on to hope of World Cup

ELYANIV Barda scored a hat trick in the first half yesterday as Israel routed Luxembourg 7-0 to keep alive its slim hopes of reaching next year's tournament.

ELYANIV Barda scored a hat trick in the first half yesterday as Israel routed Luxembourg 7-0 to keep alive its slim hopes of reaching next year's tournament.

Israel still has an outside chance of overtaking Greece and Latvia for second place in Group 2 and a playoff spot for the finals in South Africa.

Israel's chances of qualifying for the first time since the 1970 World Cup were dealt a heavy blow on Saturday when it lost 1-0 at home to Latvia. It now needs Greece and Switzerland to stumble. - Sapa

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