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Van Buyten earns Belgium win

Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 21.58CET
Armenia 0-1 Belgium A first-half header from Daniel Van Buyten secured Belgium's first Group A victory away to Armenia in Yerevan.

Match statistics

ArmeniaBelgium

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners3
 
3
Fouls committed12
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 21.58CET

Van Buyten earns Belgium win

Armenia 0-1 Belgium A first-half header from Daniel Van Buyten secured Belgium's first Group A victory away to Armenia in Yerevan.

A Daniel Van Buyten goal ensured Belgium returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Armenia. René Vandereycken's team could only draw 0-0 with Kazakhstan in their opening UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier on 16 August, yet they managed three points in Yerevan despite not having things all their own way.

Slow start
The Armenians, playing their first game in the section, held their own in an opening half-hour of limited opportunities. Midfielder Hamlet Mkhitaryan hit a left-footed shot over the bar for the hosts, while at the other end Luigi Pieroni and Karel Geraerts fired wide of Gevorg Kasparov's goal.

Pieroni denied
Samvel Melkonyan then sent a right-footed effort wide of Belgium keeper Stijn Stijnen before visiting forward Pieroni forced the first save of note in the 30th minute, Kasparov smothering his left-footed strike from outside the box. The Armenia custodian was called into action by the same player five minutes later, this time denying Pieroni with his feet.

Pressure pays off
R. Standard de Liège midfielder Geraerts then volleyed wide as the visitors continued to pepper the hosts' goal. The Belgians reaped the reward for their pressure four minutes before half-time when Van Buyten's header from Jelle Van Damme's cross found the top corner.

Belgium comfortable
In the second period, Feyenoord defender Pieter Collen was forced off through injury just before the hour, with Anderlecht's Anthony Vanden Borre coming on. Despite the enforced switch, the Belgians coped comfortably with Armenia's attemps to restore parity to secure the first win of their Group A campaign.

Last updated: 30/01/12 9.26CET

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Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

Belgium

Belgium

1
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK)
2
MelikyanEgishe Melikyan
2
CollenPieter Collen
Substitution60
3
DokhoyanKaren Dokhoyan
3
SimonsTimmy Simons (C)
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
4
Van DammeJelle Van Damme
Yellow Card67
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
Goal41
6
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
Yellow Card89
7
DaerdenKoen Daerden
Yellow Card28
Substitution66
7
MkrtchyanAgvan Mkrtchyan
Substitution76
11
EnglebertGaëtan Englebert
9
MkhitaryanHamlet Mkhitaryan
Substitution82
13
HoefkensCarl Hoefkens
10
ShahgeldyanArmen Shahgeldyan
Substitution72
16
PieroniLuigi Pieroni
Yellow Card86
14
MelkonyanSamvel Melkonyan
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Substitution78
15
AleksanyanKaren Aleksanyan
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts

Substitutes

12
F. HakobyanFeliks Hakobyan (GK)
21
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
8
Aram HakobyanAram Hakobyan
Substitution72
6
De DeckerWim De Decker
Substitution66
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
Substitution76
14
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution78
17
G. PetrosyanGalust Petrosyan
Substitution82
20
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
Substitution60
Yellow Card78
13
BaghdasaryanArtashes Baghdasaryan
8
GoorBart Goor
16
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
17
HuysegemsStein Huysegems
18
Al. TadevosyanAleksandr Tadevosyan
19
VandenberghKevin Vandenbergh

Coach

Ian Porterfield (SCO) René Vandereycken (BEL)

Referee

Gerald Lehner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Bernhard Zauner (AUT), Christian Haudum (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Steiner (AUT)

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