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Pyunik grateful to Pachajyan

Published: Wednesday 16 July 2003, 21.00CET
FC Pyunik 1-0 KR Reykjavík Levon Pachajyan's strike gives the Armenian champions a hard-earned win.

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Published: Wednesday 16 July 2003, 21.00CET

Pyunik grateful to Pachajyan

FC Pyunik 1-0 KR Reykjavík Levon Pachajyan's strike gives the Armenian champions a hard-earned win.

FC Pyunik will take a one-goal lead into the return leg of their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round tie against Icelandic title-holders KR Reykjavik after Levon Pachajyan's goal gave them victory in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

Superb Finnbogason
Pyunik dominated the play for most of the match but for an hour were frustrated by a superb performance from Kristjan Finnbogason in the KR goal. Argentinian striker Juan Pablo Peralta, 19-year-old midfield player Pachajyan and fellow teenager Edgar Manucharyan all came close to opening the scoring for the home team, but only on 61 minutes was the deadlock broken.

Pachajyan pounces
Carl Lombe, another of Pyunik's youth contingent at just 17, was the provider, with his precise cross perfectly measured for Pachajyan to finish from close range. The home side might have doubled their advantage soon after but Edouard Partsikian was denied by an excellent save from Finnbogason.

Penalty saved
Rafael Nazaryan had the perfect opportunity to double Pyunik's lead when he stepped up to take a penalty 17 minutes from the end, but he became another victim of Finnbogason's fine display as the 'keeper saved the spot kick. KR held on for the last few minutes to give themselves every chance of progressing to the next round to meet Bulgaria's PFC CSKA Sofia after next Wednesday's return in Iceland.

Thorsson tribute
KR coach Willum Thor Thorsson paid tribute to Finnbogason afterwards, saying: "I think we have achieved the result we wanted in this game. The hosts could have won by a much bigger score, but our goalkeeper has played one of the best games of his career tonight."

'Very interesting to watch'
His Pyunik counterpart Mihai Stoichita reflected on his team's missed chances. He said: "The game was very interesting to watch, especially the second half. Pyunik created many chances, and we should have scored more than once, but I liked our opponents, who defended with heart."

Last updated: 17/07/03 12.41CET

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Lineups

pyunik

Pyunik

kr

KR

1
ApoulaÉdel Apoula (GK)
1
K. FinnbogasonKristján Finnbogason (GK) (C)
20
Artur MkrtchyanArtur Mkrtchyan (C)
2
EyjólfssonSigurdur Eyjólfsson
Substitution58
5
ZeciuTudor Marian Zeciu
Yellow Card11
3
GíslasonSigursteinn Gíslason
Substitution61
6
BilibioKhose Bilibio
4
MagnússonKristinn Jóhannes Magnússon
4
NazaryanRafael Nazaryan
8
DaníelssonEinar Thór Daníelsson
Substitution82
22
PartsikianEdouard Partsikian
12
EinarssonGunnar Einarsson
24
LombeCarl Lombe
13
SigurgeirssonArnar Jón Sigurgeirsson
7
MkrtchyanAgvan Mkrtchyan
Substitution79
15
SkaftasonJon Skaftason
9
PeraltaJuan Pablo Peralta
21
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
19
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
Goal61
Substitution89
23
ElísarbetarsonJökull Elísarbetarson
13
CisternaMiguel Cisterna
28
GunnarssonVeigar Gunnarsson

Substitutes

21
SargsyanNikolai Sargsyan (GK)
18
Valthór Hilmar HalldórssonValthór Hilmar Halldórsson (GK)
11
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution79
5
HaflidasonKristinn Haflidason
23
ThaoreIssa Thaore
9
DavídssonSölvi Davídsson
Substitution82
18
HovhannisyanZhora Hovhannisyan
Substitution89
17
G. JóhannssonGardar Jóhannsson
Substitution58
14
NdounbukBalep Ndounbuk
Substitution84
Yellow Card86
27
BergsteinssonSverrir Bergsteinsson
Substitution61
17
AntonyanHovhannes Antonyan
10
V. AleksanyanValeri Aleksanyan

Coach

Mihai Stoichiță (ROU) Willum Thór Thórsson (ISL)

Referee

Johny Ver Eecke (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Danny Huens (BEL)

Fourth official

Peter Jordens (BEL)

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