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Small Muslim Country Defeats Israel in Major Upset During Euro Cup Qualifier

In a stunning upset, Kosovo, a small Muslim-majority nation, defeated Israel 1-0 in a rescheduled European Championship qualifier. The match, originally set for October 15, was delayed due to the Hamas-Israel conflict, marking Israel’s first game since the attacks on October 7.

Kosovo’s victory, spearheaded by Milot Rashica’s superb first-half goal, was a significant achievement, as the team now trails Israel by just one point in Group I.

The match was charged with political undertones. Prior to kickoff, as the Israeli national anthem played, the team paid tribute to hostages held in Gaza, leading to boos from Kosovo fans. This act underscored the complex and often intertwined relationship between sports and politics.

Israeli captain Eli Dasa, before the game, had expressed the team’s desire to win as a means of bringing happiness to their nation, particularly in the wake of recent conflicts. Despite their efforts, Israel struggled to find an equalizer and ended the match with 10 men after Roy Revivo received a second yellow card.

Kosovo’s win, notable for its significance both on and off the field, reflects the growing competitiveness in international football, where smaller nations are increasingly able to challenge traditional powers. This victory, especially meaningful for Kosovo’s predominantly Muslim population, demonstrates the unifying and often surprising nature of sports.

The match’s outcome resonated strongly with Kosovo’s fans, many of whom see themselves as supporters of Palestine’s cause. This sentiment was evident in their reaction to the Israeli team’s tribute during the national anthem.

The game, while highlighting the tensions and emotions that often accompany international sports, also showcased the unifying spirit of football, where underdogs can triumph against the odds.

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  • Well done Kosovo to defeat Israel in football match and this win in the name of Palestine Gaza people

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