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Oct 10, 2014 at 7.45pm UK
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Damari (38'), Ben Haim (45')

Half-Time Report: Israel two up in Cyprus following Omar Damari and Tal Ben Haim goals

Omar Damari and Tal Ben Haim scores late in the first half to earn Israel a 2-0 lead over Cyprus at the break of their Euro 2016 Group B qualifier in Nicosia.

Omar Damari and Tal Ben Haim both struck in the final seven minutes of the first half to put Israel in command of their Euro 2016 Group B qualifier against Cyprus.

The visitors to Nicosia were beginning their campaign after their fixture with Belgium was suspended and eventually secured the lead which their dominance warranted.

It was Cyprus who started the brighter as Andreas Makris and Konstantinos Makridis tried their luck from range, but Israel soon took control of possession and eventually a series of chances came their way.

Ben Haim, namesake of the former Chelsea and Manchester City defender who was also in the Israel lineup, tested Cyprus goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides with a 20-yard drive minutes before Damari's opener.

The striker found the bottom corner from Ben Haim's cross on 38 minutes, and Eran Zahavi had a good opportunity to double Israel's lead moments later when he struck straight at Georgallides from close range.

Ben Haim did put the visitors 2-0 up prior to the interval as he impressively weaved his way through several challenges in the penalty area before finishing smartly to leave Cyprus, who beat Bosnia-Herzegovina last time out, with a mountain to climb upon the restart.

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