Shechter Lifts Kaiserslautern


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SC Freiburg’s 32-year-old veteran defender OLIVER BARTH heads the ball away from 24-year-old Israel international striker ITAY SHECHETER of 1.FC Kaiserslautern, the summer transfer costing 2.5 million Euros from Ligat Ha’Al club FC Hapoel Tel Aviv, during the Bundesliga match at the Fritz Walter Stadion in Rhineland-Paltinate.
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Turned away by the underside of the crossbar earlier in the second half, Israel international striker ITAY SHECHTER outjumped two defenders to head home with just a quarter of an hour remaining and lift 1.FC KAISERSLAUTERN to a second consecutive victory with the 1-0 triumph over visiting cellar-dwellers SC FREIBURG at the old Betzenbergstadion.

Die Roten Teufel, who are still tied for last in the league having scored just eight goals in their first ten matches of this Bundesliga season, could ill afford to drop points in the standings at home to the bottom club in the German top flight on Saturday. But the new signing Shechter’s third goal of this term enabled the Red Devils to achieve the maximum result against SC Freiburg and remain two places ahead of the dreaded relegation zone. A flick-on at the near post off by 1.FC Kaiserslautern’s 29-year-old veteran defender MARTIN AMEDICK off a long throw-in allowed the Israel international lurking in the center to finish with aplomb in the 75th minute.

Shechter then afforded 1.FC Kaiserslautern a fantastic opportunity to put the game away for good a few minutes later after he was brought down in the box but 29-year-old midfielder and club captain CHRISTIAN TIFFERT had his spot kick turned away by SC Freiburg goalkeeper OLIVER BAUMANN, the youthful 21-year-old who had never before saved a penalty in the Bundesliga.

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