It was a brilliant weekend for Hibs’ Ofir Marciano, as the stopper made his Israel return on Thursday night.
The Hibees goalkeeper hadn’t featured at international level since 2017 prior to Thursday’s Euro qualifier. He started Israel’s match against North Macedonia, which finished 1-1.
He played the full 90 minutes, a boost for the Leith goalkeeper. It was his first cap since he played in a 4-1 defeat to Spain in 2018 World Cup qualifying, back when his domestic club were still in the Championship.
Marciano deserves Israel nod
He has been in and out of the Israel team since joining Hibs, but Marciano deserves his call-up. Despite the fact Paul Heckingbottom’s side have conceded 14 in their last four games, their keeper has been a standout performer.
Against Rangers in a 6-1 defeat, the Israelite was arguably man of the match. He made numerous saves which helped his side to no end.
Then facing Motherwell in his most recent domestic match, he again made two or three impressive stops in another standout performance.
He will hope to keep the number one spot for Israel’s next match against Slovenia on Monday night. A win for his side and an Austria defeat could see them jump into second in their Euro 2020 qualifying group.
It’s a credit to Marciano that he’s back on the international scene. His good performances for Hibs this season have clearly been rewarded.