Israel defeated Faroe Islands 3-2 thanks to Dor Peretz’s late goal as the blue-and-white ended their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign on a high note at the Netanya Stadium. Despite not advancing to Qatar or finishing in a playoff position, the victory allowed Willi Ruttensteiner’s squad to finish in third place in Group F behind Denmark and Scotland but ahead of Austria which will help the National Team in terms of seeding in future tournaments.
“I am a bit disappointed that our performance didn’t produce four or five goals,” Ruttensteiner said following the victory. “We wasted opportunities and we were poor on defense as we were leading and Faroe Islands came back to draw even at 2-2 on mistakes that we made which we need to end. But we won the game and finished in third place which can be considered a success. To end the qualifying campaign ahead of Austria is a huge accomplishment.”
Israel took the lead on a Monas Dabbur penalty after a handball was called on Faroe Islands in the box in the 30th minute while Shon Weissman doubled the advantage early on in the second half. However, Solvi Vatnhamar and Klaemint Olsen found the back of the goal with a pair of quick strikes to level the score at 2-2. But Dor Peretz helped Israel retake the lead soon thereafter in the 74th minute and secure the 3-points.