06 October – A glittering of Kosovo’s U-19 National Team beating Israel with 2: 1. There were no distinguished individuals but a distinguished team, from the goalkeeper and all wards worked as one and that is why they triumphed over a strong opponent. Despite some trouble in the team’s composition, in the absence of Lot Celina, the Head Coach, Ramiz Krasniqi marvellously found the formula to success. Our national team’s footballers were better throughout the match. Everything was sealed in the first half of the match. Kosovo’s National Team repeatedly attacked and created some chances but failed to score. As an unwritten rule in football, when you do not score then you suffer goal. So, in 32nd minute Israel scored and took the lead to 1: 0 through Almog. After this goal, the national team’s boys were not discouraged. Instead, they kept calm and added attacks to the rival’s goal. Captain Leutrim Kryeziu, with a personal insight, managed to defeat the goalkeeper Daniel and equalized to 1:1 in the 41st minute. In this way they revived and after two minutes, Captain Kryeziu again crossed the National Team to 2:1 closing thus the first half with this score. The second half did not bring goals but many yellow cards for the Israelis who played very harshly and causing a lot of work to our National Team’s doctors. Our players attacked to increase the lead, while Israel with all the forces slid towards the goal. However, the fortress defence helped but others too, allowed no surprises. So our U-19 National Team marked an incredibly valuable victory, helped by the support of dozens of compatriots who had come to support the boys of Kosovo. Kosovo has increased the chances that in the duel with Lithuania to score a positive result and achieve the qualification.
Israel – Kosova 1:2 (1:2)
Stadium: Nationalpark Tauernarena – Mittersill
Referees: O. Derdo, V. Vystoskyi, M. Valdi ande S. Ebner.
Scorer: Almog(32) for Israel. Kryeziu (41 and 43) for Kosovo
K.V. Luzon, Shlomo, Zohar, Shua, Barkovits, Masarwa(Isr) and Limani and E. Gashi (Kos).
Israel: Daniel, Cohen, Luzon, Shlomo, Zohar (Berkovits), Solomon, Shua(Masarwva), Almog, Karzev(Shalata), Kanaan and Dey.
Kosovo: F. Gashi, Bytyqi, Beka, Salihu, Pajaziti, Dakaj (Behrami), Kryeziu (E. Gashi), Limani, Kastrati (Kçiku), Nimani (Kqiku) and Dellova
Said after the match
Ramiz Krasniqi, Head Coach
The players should be praised for an unmatched commitment. We have carefully analysed the opponent and not we managed to stop it but also defeat it. We had the most out of the game even though we made some mistakes due to lack of experience. However, a strong game, ball circulation, actions and chances and above all we scored twice and this brought us a very valuable victory which will be the impetus for the upcoming match against Lithuania.
Leutrim Kryeziu, footballer
A great victory. I am very excited and at the same time happy that I scored twice, but above all, the victory of the National is golden. I also thank my friends for cooperation without whom I would have not scored.
Lumbardh Dellova, footballer
This victory has encouraged us. It was a good match and we all had a commitment. We had a lot from the game, but the opponent too was strong, not to be underestimated.
Edison Kçiku, footballer
We had an extremely good performance and above all, we enjoy the first win in these qualifiers and we will work hard to make a positive result even in the upcoming.