With the builder of a successful party, constant emotions were practiced. He cried and was emotional before and after the game. “Before him, we received messages from our families. I was very emotional and cried a lot in the hotel room. But now it has given me peace and confidence,” Luzon said.
He was also inspired by watching videos of Israeli Olympic medalists before the battle against a local team on fire. “I cried over it and I couldn’t stop. I owe them all thanks. I then told my players that they are the children of the Israeli sports revolution and Israeli football” , he added.
The Israelis, who already beat the Czech Lions 1-0 on Wednesday and sent them on a flight home, resisted the enthusiasm of the local Georgians, who were pushed by the biggest attendance in the history of the Premier League. Europe under 21. In Tbilisi, 44,338 supporters crammed into the Boris Paichadze stadium, record attendance for the third time in the country on the Black Sea.
But the Georgian fairy tale was stopped by penalties. In them, the hero was Israeli goalkeeper Daniel Peretz, who caught one. One of the home side’s attempts ended on the crossbar. “I was in my zone, I didn’t feel the crowd. It was just me and the ball,” the Maccabi Tel Aviv keeper said. “It’s a strong message to the whole nation, to the whole world,” he beamed.
Enthusiasm is already pulsing across Israel, with the team being praised by leading statesmen such as President Yitzchak Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Herzog praised Luzon on social media and in a personal phone call. “It’s a great success. Good job, wonderful. The whole country is enthusiastic about you, the boys played very well, I wish you more success in the future,” the Israeli president told the happy coach , according to israelhayom.co.il.
In the semi-final, the Israelis will face the winner of Sunday’s game between England and Portugal.
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