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Israel 3-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Omer Damari scored his fifth goal in three European Championship qualifying matches as Israel claimed a 3-0 win over 10-man Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday night.

Gil Vermouth opened the scoring for Israel with a powerful shot from just outside of the box before Damari netted on the stroke of half-time to leave Bosnia reeling.

Eran Zahavi added the third in the 70th minite after Toni Sunjic had been sent off early in the second period for bringing down Damari.

The result means Israel have won all three of their opening games in qualifying and moved to the top of Group B following the win.

Bosnia almost got off to the perfect start when Miralem Pjanic went close with a free-kick, with Israel goalkeeper Ofir Martziano forced into a save in the opening minute.

Tal Ben Haim nearly scored for Israel midway through the first half, but Asmir Begovic punched his shot clear.

Senad Lulic then went close for Bosnia when he raced towards goal to meet the ball before tripping over his feet one metre from the line, missing a fantastic chance to put the ball in the back of the net.

Israel went ahead, though, in the 36th minute thanks to a thunderbolt from Vermouth just outside of the area. The midfielder turned and shot towards goal, where Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Begovic was beaten.

The home side went 2-0 just before the break when Begovic, who was captain for the night, was again defeated, this time by the in-form Damari.

The striker was in the right place to get onto the end of Zahavi's through-ball to send a fizzing low shot past the Stoke stopper.

Things went from bad to worse for Bosnia when defender Sunjic was shown a stright red in the 47th minute for hauling down Damari as last man.

Israel won a free-kick just outside of the box as a result but were unable to add insult to injury with a third goal.

Begovic came out of his goal to deny another Damari chance in the 67th minute but Israel added their third soon after with a flowing move down the right which was finished off by Zahavi.

Bosnia were unable to rally as Israel claimed both a convincing win and a clean sheet to overhaul Wales at the top of the group.

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