Around the world, too, they were very surprised by the dramatic turnaround of the Israeli team. The under-20 team turned a 1-0 deficit into a huge 1-2 victory in 10 players against Japan, en route to a historic qualification for the eighth of the World Cup finals - and the reactions were not long in coming, especially in the Argentine media.
Infobae wrote: "Japan looked in complete control of the game and were well on their way to a comfortable victory, but Israeli coach Ofir Haim made a series of changes that were key to a brilliant comeback.
The Imdiario website wrote: "Israel closed in behind and needed the ascension of the French goalkeeper to stay in the picture. She posed almost no danger to Japan's goal and barely made it past the half. And then something suddenly changed, miraculously."
"Historic qualification in an agonizing way"
The Japanese responded with class
"Israel believed until the last minute and received the prize for it. Dor Turgeman and Eili Madmon look like future stars," wrote one scout who came to Argentina to cover the tournament.
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