Israel beaten by Scotland in dramatic Nations League decider
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Israel beaten by Scotland in dramatic Nations League decider

James Forrest's hat-trick denies Andreas Herzog's side top spot in Group C1 in thrilling encounter at Hampden Park

Scotland's Stuart Armstrong (second right) and Israel's Shiran Yeini (second left) battle for the ball Jane Barlow/PA Wire.
Scotland's Stuart Armstrong (second right) and Israel's Shiran Yeini (second left) battle for the ball Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

Israel’s hopes of earning promotion to Group B of the UEFA Nations League, as well as booking a play-off spot for the 2020 European Championships, were ended on Tuesday night following a 3-2 defeat by Scotland.

Needing just a draw to finish top of Group C1, Brighton midfielder Beram Kayal got them off to the perfect start when he fired home a stunning 30-yard strike in the ninth minute.

However, Celtic winger James Forrest was to prove to be their downfall, as he netted twice before the break, before completing his hat-trick just after the hour mark, to put the Scots in control.

Eran Zahavi gave the visitors hope with another superb long-distance strike for the Israelis, before substitute Tomer Hemed had the chance to snatch a late, dramatic equaliser, though was denied by goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

Ahead of the kick-off on a wet and windy evening, the Israeli players gave the mascots to keep warm.

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