Gyumri City - Gyumri 02/07/2013 - 15:00CET (17:00 local time)

First qualifying round, First leg

Shirak - Tre Penne
3-0

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Bichakhchyan calls on Shirak to raise game

Published: Wednesday 3 July 2013, 10.10CET
FC Shirak beat SP Tre Penne 3-0 but could not force a smile from Vardan Bichakhchyan, whose high standards meant even three-goal Ismaël Fofana did not escape criticism.
by Khachik Chakhoyan
from Gyumri City Stadium
Bichakhchyan calls on Shirak to raise game
Ismaël Fofana puts away one of his three against Tre Penne ©Hakber
 

Match statistics

Shirak
Tre Penne

3

Goals scored

0

0

Possession (%)

0

19

Total attempts

3

8

on target

0

9

off target

2

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

1

4

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

18

Fouls committed

10

9

Fouls suffered

18

Lineups

shirak

Shirak

tre penne

Tre Penne

22Harutyunyan (GK)12Pazzini (GK)
4Kadio2C. Valentini
Yellow Card59
9Fofana
Goal36
Goal55
Goal64
3Baschetti
10Hakobyan
Substitution63
5Mikhaylovski
13Kyere
Substitution78
6A. Rossi
15K. Aleksanyan (C)7Cibelli (C)
19Muradyan9Pignieri
Substitution79
21Hovhannisyan
Yellow Card73
10Chiaruzzi
24Odhiambo
Substitution73
11Valli
25Davoyan13Capicchioni
Substitution71
29Diop
Penalty11
14M. Rossi
Substitution88

Substitutes

1Abrahamyan (GK)22Chierighini (GK)
5T. Davtyan8Cardini
Substitution79
7Muradyan15Colonna
17Marikyan
Substitution78
17Tamburini
Substitution88
18Mkrtchyan
Substitution73
18Menin
Substitution71
23Mikaelyan19Fantini
31Panosyan
Substitution63
23L. Nanni

Coaches

Vardan Bichakhchyan (ARM) Marco Protti (ITA)

Referee

Alexandr Aliyev (KAZ)

Press kits

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 3 July 2013, 10.10CET

Bichakhchyan calls on Shirak to raise game

FC Shirak beat SP Tre Penne 3-0 but could not force a smile from Vardan Bichakhchyan, whose high standards meant even three-goal Ismaël Fofana did not escape criticism.

FC Shirak coach Vardan Bichakhchyan's high standards meant he was less than impressed despite his side recording a 3-0 first-leg win against SP Tre Penne in their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round tie. Three-goal forward Ismaël Fofana did not escape criticism either and echoed his boss's sentiments as he admitted the team had "not played that well".

The hosts dominated the game in Gyumri, but Bichakhchyan was left wanting more from his side in the 9 July return. "Our players do not have the right to underestimate the opponents," the 35-year-old told UEFA.com. "The coaching staff did their best to prepare the team, but the game showed that the players are not at their best. Of course the scoreline will make our task for the return leg much easier, but it is also important how we played."

Bichakhchyan even expected more from Ivorian forward Fofana, who hit all three in the first game of this season's competition. "Yes, it is good when a forward scores and makes the difference. Fofana struck three goals and could easily score three more. But all our players, Ismaël included, did not play aggressively enough. We needed to play with the maximum commitment, but that was not the case."

Fofana himself admitted that it was not the team's best performance, but he remains focused on progressing to the next round. "Yes, we won and were the better team, but we did not play that well," he said. "I am happy with every goal I score, but I will be much happier when we qualify."

One man more forthcoming with his praise was injured Shirak captain Tigran Davtyan, who was impressed with what he saw from the stands. "One thing I am happy about is Fofana's goals. Those strikes will give him more confidence and that can help going forwards. He is a very useful player, and our results depend on his quality and scoring. I hope he builds on this success."

Last updated: 03/07/13 18.45CET

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