Sargis Hovsepyan, Armenia coach
Of course, losing is always sad but believe me, there is a small reason for happiness. Our team were equal with a very strong opponent, and I am happy to see the full dedication of our players. We had a chance not to lose.
We wanted to see a better quality, and we saw a huge positive step compared to the previous matches. The team's play is improving, we just have to improve the results also, and I am sure we can do it.
Sargis Hovsepyan has named his first squad as Armenia coach for the Group I qualifier against Portugal on 13 June. FC Spartak Moskva winger Aras Özbiliz is back following his six-month injury lay-off while club-mate Yura Movsisyan is included despite struggling with a knock. FK Vardar's Artur Miranyan, 19, is the only uncapped player in the 25-man selection.
Goalkeepers: Roman Berezovski (FC Dinamo Moskva), Gevorg Kasparov (FC Mika), Arsen Beglaryan (Ulisses FC).
Defenders: Robert Arzumanyan (FC Aktobe), Hrayr Mkoyan (Esteghlal FC), Gael Andonyan (Olympique de Marseille), Levon Hayrapetyan (FC Pyunik), Kamo Hovhannisyan (FC Pyunik), Taron Voskanyan (FC Pyunik), Varazdat Haroyan (FC Pyunik), Artur Avagyan (FC Gandzasar).
Midfielders: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund), Gevorg Ghazaryan (Kerkyra FC ), Karlen Mkrtchyan (FC Pyunik), Aras Özbiliz (FC Spartak Moskva), Rumyan Hovsepyan (FC Metalurh Donetsk), Marcos Pizzelli (FC Aktobe), Artem Simonyan (FC Zürich), Norair Aslanyan-Mamedov(Almere City FC), Zaven Badoyan (FC Pyunik), Artur Yusbashyan (FC Pyunik).
Forwards: Yura Movsisyan (FC Spartak Moskva), Artur Sarkisov (FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod), Ruslan Korian (Lokomotiv Tashkent FK), Artur Miranyan (FK Vardar).
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