Finally some good football news for Israel. The under-21s team beat France 1:0 in Herzliya to qualify for the European U-21 Championship, which will be held in the Netherlands next summer. We caught France coach Rene Girard talking some trash before the game:
"Israel is the favorite to qualify for the European Championship. After all, from what I understand, that's what all the papers here are saying," Gerard said with a sardonic smile.
"In the first leg our players didn't manage to show their regular ability in front of their home fans. But even though it was a bad result for us, we were still much better than the Israeli team. I expect a tough, physical, fast paced game," he added (Ha'aretz).