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Pyunik too strong for Tampere

Published: Wednesday 24 July 2002, 23.17CET
FC Pyunik 2-0 Tampere United FC(Aggregate 6-0) FC Dynamo Kyiv are next for Pyunik.
Published: Wednesday 24 July 2002, 23.17CET

Pyunik too strong for Tampere

FC Pyunik 2-0 Tampere United FC(Aggregate 6-0) FC Dynamo Kyiv are next for Pyunik.

FC Pyunik 2-0 Tampere United FC (Pyunik win 6-0 on aggregate)
Armenian champions FC Pyunik beat Tampere United FC 2-0 to complete a handsome aggregate success in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round.

Kyiv next
Leading 4-0 from the first leg last week, goals from Mamadu Divara and Miguel Sisterna made Pyunik comfortable winners in front of more than 22,000 fans in the V. Sargsyan stadium in Yerevan - the Armenians' highest attendance since 1992. Their reward is a tie with Ukraine's FC Dynamo Kyiv in the second qualifying round, with the first leg in Kyiv on 31 July and the return match a week later on 7 August.

Divara makes it 1-0
Pyunik went close to opening the scoring when Divara shot against a post midway through the first half, after receiving a pass from Arman Karamyan, scorer of two goals in the first leg. The breakthrough came early in the second half when, from another Arman Karamyan pass, Divara made it 1-0 in the 53rd minute. Sisterna added the second in injury time.

'Pyunik were stronger'
The Finns were second best for most of the match and only Tampere's Mika Nenonen threatened the home defence with a series of shots in the second period. Ari Helm, Tampere's coach, said: "Of course, we wanted to win but Pyunik were stronger and more effective. One of the reasons is we don't have a settled squad. There've been big changes since last season and six players have left the club."


Last updated: 24/07/02 22.30CET

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