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Armenia on song as Russia come calling

Published: Monday 10 January 2011, 21.00CET
Unbeaten in three UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, Armenia will look to rise to the challenge of hosting Group B leaders Russia as they bid to break their duck against their visitors.
Armenia on song as Russia come calling
Armenia (in red) in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying action ©Avetis Ghazanchyan
Published: Monday 10 January 2011, 21.00CET

Armenia on song as Russia come calling

Unbeaten in three UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, Armenia will look to rise to the challenge of hosting Group B leaders Russia as they bid to break their duck against their visitors.

Unbeaten in their last three UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, Armenia will look to rise to the challenge of hosting Group B leaders Russia as they bid to break their duck against their visitors.

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• Russia have won all three of their away games to date to take top spot in the section, but Armenia are one of three sides to have picked up seven points, and have not lost in three competitive matches since a 1-0 opening-day home defeat by the Republic of Ireland.

• Armenia and Russia have met only twice before, having been pooled together in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000. Their first encounter was in Yerevan on 27 March 1999, when two Valeri Karpin goals and a late third by Vladimir Beschastnykh earned the visitors a 3-0 win.

• Beschastnykh and Karpin – now coach of FC Spartak Moskva – scored a goal apiece as Russia won the rematch 2-0 on 4 September 1999. Armenia have thus never managed either a point or a goal against their visitors.

Last updated: 01/02/11 18.05CET

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