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Portugal snatch alate 3-3 draw with Israel

Reuters
Mar 23, 2013 at 12:24pm IST

Tel Aviv: Portugal came back from 3-1 down to snatch a draw in stoppage time against Israel in their World Cup qualifying group F match on Friday, a result that keeps both teams in with a chance of qualifying. The visitors stunned Israel and silenced the 40,000 capacity crowd with a goal in the second minute, but the home side eventually settled.

Israel got back on equal terms in the 24th minute through Tomer Hemed and forged a promising lead with goals by Eden Ben Bassat in the 40th minute and Rami Gershon in the 70th.

But a determined effort by Cristiano Ronaldo, who powered into the Israeli area, set up Helder Postiga to reduce the arrears to 3-2 in the 72nd minute and the equaliser was scored by Fabio Contrao as the visitors laid siege to the Israeli goal.

Portugal snatch a late 3-3 draw with Israel

Portugal came back from 1-3 down to snatch a draw in stoppage time in their World Cup qualifying Group F match.

Israel and Portugal have eight points from their five matches, four behind group leaders Russia, whose game against Northern Ireland in Belfast has been postponed until Saturday due to snow.

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