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Pitch invader ‘approached Spain midfielder with knife’ after Israel game

Real Madrid midfielder Isco was reportedly approached by a man carrying a knife following Spain's win against Israel

Security failed to do their job when Spain ended Israel’s 2018 World Cup hopes with a 1-0 win.

Following the game, which Spain won through an Asier Illarramendi goal, six Israeli fans rushed onto the pitch, as reported by The Times of Israel.

One of those fans reportedly peeled off and approached Real Madrid midfielder Isco, at which point a knife fell from his hands.


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Isco was approached by fans after the game finished

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Isco was approached by fans after the game finished

He was immediately stopped by police, who weren’t speculating on what his plans were.

The Israeli FA have denied the claims, saying there is no evidence of the incident taking place.

IFA Communications director Shlomi Barzel told Marca: “According to all the information we have, there is no evidence or indication that a knife was carried by anyone who ran onto the field.

“We do not know yet where these reports have come from, they are false.

“I do not think Spain have been welcomed to a stadium outside of their country with as much affection as they were here.

“Especially Isco, who was the subject of many positive chants and banners, as were all of the players out on the pitch.”

Spain topped Group G with nine wins out of a possible win and a draw against Italy the only blot on their copybook.

But Israel finished in fourth, comfortably missing out on a potential play-off place, which was taken by Italy.


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How many Israelis does it take to stop Isco?

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How many Israelis does it take to stop Isco?

Israel hadn’t reached a World Cup since 1970 and faced troubles with security throughout qualifying.

Their qualifier against Albania last November had to be moved from Shkodra to Tirana after warnings of a potential terrorist attack.

But, in happier news, Spain’s game against Israel threw up a real blast of nostalgia for Premier League fans.

Blast from the past

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Blast from the past

At the age of 37 Yossi Benayoun came off the bench having celebrated cap number 100 prior to the game.

The former West Ham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and QPR midfielder is now seeing out his days at Beitar Jerusalem.

That’s made us feel very old.