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Petrosyan downs Northern Ireland

Published: Saturday 29 March 2003, 21.00CET
Armenia 1-0 Northern Ireland
A late Artur Petrosyan goal gives Armenia victory in Yerevan.

Match statistics

ArmeniaNorthern Ireland

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Saturday 29 March 2003, 21.00CET

Petrosyan downs Northern Ireland

Armenia 1-0 Northern Ireland
A late Artur Petrosyan goal gives Armenia victory in Yerevan.

An 86th-minute Artur Petrosyan goal gave Armenia a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland in their Group 6 qualifier in Yerevan.

Individual effort
The BSC Young Boys midfield player's run caught the Northern Ireland defence off-guard as he skipped past several defenders before beating goalkeeper Maik Taylor to score his tenth goal for Armenia and give them the first win of their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign.

Missed chances
Twin brothers Arman and Artavazd Karamyan provided a constant threat for Armenia but the home side could not take full advantage of their good work. Arman Karamyan wasted two good chances, the easiest of which being an effort which he blasted wide of Taylor's post from a great position barely seven metres from goal.

McVeigh goes close
Northern Ireland had their share of chances in front of Roman Berezovsky's goal, but David Healy headed wide twice from close range and Paul McVeigh was unlucky not to give the visitors the lead when he rattled Berezovsky's crossbar with a fine shot. They have now failed to score in their last seven matches.
 
Stoichita vindicated

Armenia coach Mihai Stoichita, who only took charge of the side last week, was pleased with his side's performance, saying: "I am very happy about this hard-fought victory. However, I would not say it was a surprise. I did take certain risks when picking the squad, but, as the game proved, I was right."

Spain beckons
Stoichita refused to single out any individual players, as he aimed to build his side's confidence ahead of their next qualifying game against Spain. "I don't want to praise any of the players individually," he said. "The team has won this game - the whole of Armenia has won. Now we need to get ready for Spain."

Chances gone
Opposite number Sammy McIlroy was in realistic mood after the match. He said: "It's going to be very hard to qualify now. I really thought this would have been the day when we would have ended our drought. It is a bitter pill to swallow. We didn't take our chances and perhaps we should have been 3-0 up."

Last updated: 30/03/03 18.01CET

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Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK)
1
TaylorMaik Taylor (GK)
2
MelikyanEgishe Melikyan
Yellow Card12
2
HughesAaron Hughes
3
DokhoyanKaren Dokhoyan
3
McCannGrant McCann
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan
Yellow Card23
4
CraiganStephen Craigan
Yellow Card63
5
VardanyanHarutyun Vardanyan (C)
5
WilliamsMark Williams
6
BilibioKhose Bilibio
6
LomasSteve Lomas (C)
7
Artur PetrosyanArtur Petrosyan
Goal86
Substitution90+3
7
GillespieKeith Gillespie
8
Artur VoskanyanArtur Voskanyan
8
JohnsonDamien Johnson
9
SarkisyanAlbert Sarkisyan
Substitution90+2
9
HealyDavid Healy
10
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan
Substitution89
10
QuinnJames Quinn
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
11
McVeighPaul McVeigh

Substitutes

12
HambartsumyanArmando Hambartsumyan (GK)
12
FettisAlan Fettis (GK)
13
Artur MkrtchyanArtur Mkrtchyan
Substitution90+2
16
ElliottStuart Elliott
15
MkhitaryanHamlet Mkhitaryan
Substitution90+3
13
BairdChris Baird
17
MkrtchyanAgvan Mkrtchyan
Substitution89
14
TonerCiaran Toner
14
MinasyanVardan Minasyan
15
KirkAndrew Kirk
16
PartsikianEdouard Partsikian
17
M DuffMichael Duff
18
Ara HakobyanAra Hakobyan
18
Michael HughesMichael Hughes

Coach

Mihai Stoichiță (ROU) Samuel Mcilroy (NIR)

Referee

Roland Beck (LIE)

Assistant referees

Antonio Luis Fernandez (SUI), Urs Weber (SUI)

Fourth official

Reto Rutz (SUI)

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