Wales have two sent off as Israel's late penalty snatches win

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Wales had two players sent off in the closing stages of a turbulent 3-2 defeat to Israel in their European Under-21 Championship qualifying game in the Netherlands yesterday.

The Wolverhampton striker Craig Davies and the Wrexham midfielder Marc Williams - the player who had earlier scored twice - were both dismissed after Israel had scored their winner with a late penalty.

The game, played at Waalwijk's ground on Uefa's instructions due to the crisis in the Middle East, was torrid for the entire 90 minutes. There were claims from some officials of the Football Association of Wales that their players were spat at, and that the two red cards were for retaliation after players had been punched.

An FAW official complained after the game: "We have had reports of people being spat at, and two players were dismissed after being struck."

Israel took a 26th-minute lead through Toto Tamuz, but Wales drew level on the hour through Williams. Idan Srur restored Israel's lead on 64 minutes only for Williams to hit back again a minute later.

A 78th-minute penalty from Lior Refaelov gave Israel the victory, before the uproar of the two late dismissals.

Wales must now beat Turkey on 2 September in Cardiff to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout phase, which begins in October.

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