Israel wins third in World Cup


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Stav Lemkin of Israel, left, battles for the ball with Andres Ferrari of Uruguay during the FIFA U-20 World Cup semifinal at Estadio La Plata in La Plata, Argentina, June 8, 2023.

LA PLATA, Argentina (JTA) - The most successful run in Israeli soccer history came to an end on Thursday, as the country's under-20 team lost in the semifinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup to Uruguay.

The 1-0 loss means Israel will play the winner of the other semifinal match between Italy and South Korea in a third place game.

Local Jews and Israeli visitors made up a large portion of the crowd of over 27,000 at the stadium in La Plata, Argentina, a city about 40 miles outside of Buenos Aires. They chanted in Hebrew and waved Israeli flags while rooting for a team that repeatedly came from behi...

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