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Dos Santos fires Mallorca survival hopes with late winner

MADRID (Reuters) - Giovani dos Santos struck in added time to earn Real Mallorca a dramatic 1-0 win at home to Celta Vigo in a battle of La Liga's two basement sides on Monday. A deep cross was headed goalwards by striker Tomer Hemed in the 93rd minute and when keeper Javi Varas could only parry the effort, Mexico forward Dos Santos volleyed in the rebound to set off ecstatic celebrations on the pitch. The victory moved Mallorca up to second from bottom with 27 points and seven games left, behind Real Zaragoza on goal difference.

Tactical nous at heart of improved Israel - coach

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Improved discipline and tactical ability from Israel's players are the reasons for the team's continued challenge for a World Cup qualification spot, coach Eli Guttman said on Wednesday. The Israelis returned home after beating Northern Ireland 2-0 in a tough Group F qualifier in Belfast and were seconds away on Friday from defeating Portugal at home before conceding a stoppage-time equaliser.

Israel battle to 2-0 win in Northern Ireland

(Reuters) - Israel kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals with two late goals with a battling performance in a Group F qualifier against Northern Ireland in Belfast on Tuesday. The hosts enjoyed the bulk of possession and threatened the Israeli goal more often, forcing an excellent first-half save from goalkeeper Dudu Aouate before Lior Refaelov broke the deadlock in the 77th minute.

Spain stumble as England, Germany and France win

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - World champions Spain were held by lowly Finland but there were wins for England, Germany, France and Netherlands as Europe's top teams returned to the task of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals on Friday. The first of this month's two rounds of qualifiers -- with another 20-plus matches scheduled for Tuesday - went according to plan for the big guns apart from Spain who lost top spot in Group I to France after Finland forced a 1-1 draw in Gijon.

Football: European zone World Cup qualifying results

European zone 2014 World Cup qualifying results on Friday: Group F At Ramat Gan Israel 3 (Hemed 24, Eden Ben Basat 40, Gershon 70) Portugal 3 (Bruno Alves 2, Postiga 72, Coentrao 90+3) At Belfast Northern Ireland v Russia - postponed afp

Soccer-Israeli championship preliminary round results and standings

March 11 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Israeli championship Preliminary round matches on Monday Monday, March 11 Ashdod 2 Bnei Yehuda 1 Sunday, March 10 Maccabi Tel Aviv 5 Beitar Jerusalem 0 Saturday, March 9 Hapoel Akko 0 Hapoel Tel Aviv 0 Hapoel Beer Sheva 0 Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon 1 Hapoel Haifa 2 Hapoel Ramat Gan 1 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2 Bnei Sakhnin 0 Maccabi Netanya 1 M

Soccer-Israeli championship preliminary round results and standings

March 10 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Israeli championship Preliminary round matches on Sunday Sunday, March 10 Maccabi Tel Aviv 5 Beitar Jerusalem 0 Saturday, March 9 Hapoel Akko 0 Hapoel Tel Aviv 0 Hapoel Beer Sheva 0 Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon 1 Hapoel Haifa 2 Hapoel Ramat Gan 1 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2 Bnei Sakhnin 0 Maccabi Netanya 1 Maccabi Haifa 2 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Ma

UPDATE 2-Soccer-Israeli championship preliminary round results and standings

March 9 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Israeli championship Preliminary round matches on Saturday Saturday, March 9 Hapoel Akko 0 Hapoel Tel Aviv 0 Hapoel Beer Sheva 0 Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon 1 Hapoel Haifa 2 Hapoel Ramat Gan 1 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2 Bnei Sakhnin 0 Maccabi Netanya 1 Maccabi Haifa 2 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 25 18 2 5 56 20 56 2 Maccabi Haifa 26 14 7

Soccer-Israeli championship preliminary round results and standings

March 4 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Israeli championship Preliminary round matches on Monday Monday, March 4 Maccabi Haifa 1 Hapoel Haifa 1 Sunday, March 3 Beitar Jerusalem 1 Maccabi Netanya 1 Saturday, March 2 Bnei Yehuda 1 Hapoel Beer Sheva 0 Bnei Sakhnin 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv 3 Hapoel Ramat Gan 1 Hapoel Akko 2 Hapoel Tel Aviv 1 Ashdod 1 Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon 0 Hapoel Iro

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Israeli championship preliminary round results and standings

Feb 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Israeli championship Preliminary round matches on Sunday Sunday, February 24 Maccabi Haifa 4 Beitar Jerusalem 1 Maccabi Netanya 0 Bnei Sakhnin 0 Saturday, February 23 Ashdod 2 Hapoel Ramat Gan 3 Hapoel Akko 1 Hapoel Haifa 3 Hapoel Beer Sheva 1 Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2 Bnei Yehuda 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv 1 Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon 0
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