FC Pyunik won 3-1 at FC Shirak in their penultimate Bardzraguyn khumb game to preserve a four-point lead over second-placed FC Mika and clinch their ninth consecutive Armenian title.
The Yerevan side were in danger of being taken to their final fixture when Shirak levelled the scores on 47 minutes through Felix Khojoyan, after Albert Tadevosyan had given Pyunik the lead shortly before the break. The 19-year-old striker scored again on 52 and 66 minutes to make it 62 points from 27 matches, leaving Mika to settle for second place with FC Ulis Yerevan in third. "I am happy with our victory because it is always difficult for us to play at Shirak," said Pyunik coach Vardan Minasyan. "The lads were committed and proved their excellence. Despite that win and our new league title we will not celebrate anything now. We still have one match to play at a high level and it is only after that that we will have some rest."
Mika won 2-1 against FC Kilikia to secure the runners-up spot for the third time, after 2004 and 2005, while Ulis were 3-2 victors at FC Banants to earn a top-three finish for the first time in their history. Sevada Arzumanyan's charges flew out of the blocks and were two up before the break as Artyom Adamyan and Armen Tigranyan punished Banants for defensive lapses. Norayr Gyozalyan got one back only for Aleksandr Petrosyan to restore the two-goal margin. "I am happy for the players, for myself and I congratulate all our fans," said Arzumanyan. "This is our first big success and I hope it will not be the last one."
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