It is over 18 years since Roman Berezovski first donned the gloves for Armenia, winning his first cap against Portugal, the side he is set to face again on Friday as his country target a first win in Group I. "The Portuguese have always been strong. They call them the European Brazilians for a reason," said the 40-year-old who is set to win his 91st cap. "It will be very hard for us, but Portugal also endured much difficulty in previous games against us. These are intelligent and strong opponents, but we know how to play football ourselves."
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Yura Movsisyan are back in the Armenia squad for the trip to Portugal though the side will not be at full strength due to the continuing absence of Aras Özbiliz. Meanwhile, coach Bernard Challandes recalls Davit Manoyan after 18 months away from the international set-up.
Goalkeepers: Roman Berezovski (FC Dinamo Moskva), Gevorg Kasparov (FC Mika), Arsen Beglaryan (Ulisses FC).
Defenders: Robert Arzumanyan (FC Aktobe), Hrayr Mkoyan (Esteghlal FC), Levon Hayrapetyan (1. FK Příbram), Hovhannes Hambartsumyan (FK Vardar), Kamo Hovhannisyan (FC Pyunik), Taron Voskanyan (FC Pyunik), Varazdat Haroyan (FC Pyunik).
Midfielders: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund), Gevorg Ghazaryan (Olympiacos FC), Karlen Mkrtchyan (FC Pyunik), Rumyan Hovsepyan (FC Metalurh Donetsk), Artur Edigaryan (FC Kairat Almaty), Marcos Pizzelli (FC Aktobe), Artem Simonyan (FC Zenit), Masis Voskanyan (FC Pyunik), Edgar Manucharyan (FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast), Norair Aslanyan-Mamedov (Almere City FC), Davit Manoyan (FC Pyunik).
Forwards: Yura Movsisyan (FC Spartak Moskva), Artur Sarkisov (FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod), Aleksandre Karapetian (F91 Dudelange).
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