Ben Haim's moment of magic stunned Gigi Buffon.

Watch: Israel's Tal Ben Haim scores wonderful goal against Italy

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2006 World Cup winners Italy began their qualification campaign for the 2018 tournament in Russia with a trip to Israel.

The Italians, now managed by Giampiero Ventura, went ahead in the 14th minute courtesy of a close-range finish from former Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.

They doubled their lead 17 minutes later thanks to a coolly converted penalty from Inter Milan summer signing Antonio Candreva, sending Israeli goalkeeper David Goresh the wrong way.


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However, the hosts got back into the game just four minutes after Italy's second goal through a brilliant, individual effort from Tal Ben Haim.

Following a loose touch from Giorgio Chiellini, the ball was nodded into the path of Ben Haim, and as you can see in the video down below, what he did next was brilliant:

The 27-year-old Maccabi Tel Aviv forward produced a wonderful disguise on his chip to loft the ball over Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon's head and into the back of the net from the edge of the box.


A fairly even second half was made a lot more interesting when Chiellini received a second yellow card and was dismissed in the 55th minute.

However, the Italians sealed a crucial victory seven minutes from time when Torino forward Ciro Immobile bulldozed his way past Israel's defence and produced a powerful, accurate shot which flew into the goal.

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Giorgio Chiellini
Gianluigi Buffon
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Tal Ben Haim
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