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Pyunik prove too strong

Published: Wednesday 14 July 2004, 0.15CET
FK Pobeda 1-3 FC Pyunik Armenia's title-holders are on the verge of the second qualifying round after a fine win.

Match statistics

PobedaPyunik

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 14 July 2004, 0.15CET

Pyunik prove too strong

FK Pobeda 1-3 FC Pyunik Armenia's title-holders are on the verge of the second qualifying round after a fine win.

By Igor Panevski at the Gradski stadium

Armenian champions FC Pyunik have one foot in the second qualifying round of the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League after a convincing 3-1 victory in Skopje tonight against FK Pobeda of F.Y.R Macedonia.

Aleksanyan dismissed
Edgar Manucharyan was the hero for the visiting side, scoring twice and making his side's other goal for Zhora Hovhannisyan. All of this came in the first half but the last action of note in the opening 45 minutes was the dismissal of Pyunik's Karen Aleksanyan. Pobeda were able to pull one back in the second half but their chances of progression after the return in Yerevan a week on Wednesday look slim.

Quickfire start
The 17-year-old Manucharyan looked lively from the opening whistle at the Gradski stadium. He was nearly on target in the third minute only for Pobeda goalkeeper Tome Pandev to save what seemed a certain goal. However, the striker was not to be denied and scored his first 12 minutes later. A long pass from Aghvan Mkrtchyan set Manucharyan clear and he made no mistake.

Gešoski lift
Much to the relief of the 3,000 home fans, Pobeda found their range in the 20th minute with Blagoja Gešoski firing just wide from 16 metres. However, the hosts found themselves two behind in the 26th minute, Manucharyan turning provider for Hovhannisyan to put Pyunik in command. With five minutes left in the half, Manucharyan added his second after a defensive mix-up and Pobeda were seemingly on their way out of the competition before it had barely started.

Shakhtar waiting
However, a second yellow card for Aleksanyan two minutes later gave Pobeda a lifeline. Yet, despite their man advantage for the entire second half, the Macedonian title-holders struggled to find a way back into the contest and it took until the 81st minute for Gešoski to capitalise on a defensive error and score a consolation for his side. With a two-goal deficit and a trip to Armenia to come, Pobeda have their work cut out and Pyunik are well on course to face FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the second qualifying round.

Last updated: 14/07/04 10.23CET

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Lineups

pobeda

Pobeda

pyunik

Pyunik

12
PancevTome Pancev (GK)
1
ApoulaÉdel Apoula (GK)
14
KapinkovskiDimitar Kapinkovski
Yellow Card73
5
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan
20
NacevMarjan Nacev
4
NazaryanRafael Nazaryan
15
GjorgjievStole Gjorgjiev
Substitution71
3
Al. TadevosyanAleksandr Tadevosyan
5
Saso ZdravevskiSaso Zdravevski
24
LombeCarl Lombe
6
DjokićŽeljko Djokić
Yellow Card72
20
Artur MkrtchyanArtur Mkrtchyan (C)
Yellow Card47
Substitution77
7
GeorgieskiBlaze Georgieski
25
AleksanyanKaren Aleksanyan
Red/Yellow Card42
10
Nikolce ZdraveskiNikolce Zdraveski (C)
Substitution45
7
MkrtchyanAgvan Mkrtchyan
9
DimitrovskiDraganco Dimitrovski
Substitution18
19
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
Yellow Card88
8
Da SilvaGilson De Jesus Da Silva
Yellow Card65
10
HovhannisyanZhora Hovhannisyan
Goal26
Substitution87
11
GesoskiBlagoja Gesoski
Goal80
11
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Goal15
Goal41
Substitution90

Substitutes

25
TofiloskiDarko Tofiloski (GK)
21
SargsyanNikolai Sargsyan (GK)
3
KrstevskiAleksander Krstevski
Substitution71
Yellow Card77
9
G. PetrosyanGalust Petrosyan
Substitution87
19
DimitrovskiDejan Dimitrovski
Substitution18
23
DavtyanTigran Davtyan
18
StisniovskiNikolce Stisniovski
16
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
17
ManevskiBorce Manevski
Substitution45
14
NdounbukBalep Ndounbuk
Substitution77
21
SaleskiZoran Saleski
17
AntonyanHovhannes Antonyan
Substitution90
16
MinicAleksandar Minic
8
V. AleksanyanValeri Aleksanyan

Coach

Dragi Hristovski (MKD) Vardan Minasyan (ARM)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Andrej Kokolj (SVN), Robert Zirnstein (SVN)

Fourth official

Srecko Kandare (SVN)

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