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Armenia bring Poland down to earth

Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.55CET
Armenia 1-0 Poland Poland's place at the top of Group A looks vulnerable after Hamlet Mkhitaryan's solitary goal gave the hosts victory.
Armenia bring Poland down to earth
Armenia scorer Hamlet Mkhitaryan holds off Poland's Jacek Krzynówek ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArmeniaPoland

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
1
Corners2
 
3
Fouls committed6
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.55CET

Armenia bring Poland down to earth

Armenia 1-0 Poland Poland's place at the top of Group A looks vulnerable after Hamlet Mkhitaryan's solitary goal gave the hosts victory.

Poland's hopes of reaching their first UEFA European Championship finals received an unexpected blow as they suffered a 1-0 defeat in Armenia.

Memorable week
The Group A leaders went into the game seeking a seventh successive victory yet they were far from their best against Ian Porterfield's side and could find no answer to Hamlet Mkhitaryan's second-half free-kick. For Armenia and their jubilant fans, it completed a memorable week following their first win in the section last Saturday, 2-1 in Kazakhstan.

Missed chances
After a slow start at the Republican stadium, the match came to life with a flurry of chances midway through the first half. After Armenia's Robert Arzumanyan had headed past the far post from a corner, Poland responded and Marek Saganowski was the first to force Gevorg Kasparov into action, the home keeper saving well as Saganowski slid in to connect with a low cross. Soon afterwards Kasparov had to tip over Jacek Krzynówek's free-kick and on the half-hour the pressure nearly brought a goal. Wojciech Łobodziński drove in a shot and when Kasparov could only parry the ball, Saganowski turned the rebound wide of a gaping goal.

Mkhitaryan strikes
Although Łobodziński flashed an attempt across goal on 57 minutes, Leo Beenhakker's team were not controlling proceedings as expected and the game slipped away from them when the breakthrough came on 66 minutes. Following Jacek Bąk's foul on Aram Hakobyan some 20 metres from goal, Mkhitaryan curled his free-kick over the Poland wall and beyond the despairing right arm of Artur Boruc.

Plenty to ponder
Poland substitutes Jakub Błaszczykowski and Maciej Żurawski both had efforts beaten away by Kasparov, yet the defeat might have been even more embarrassing had Arman Karamyan not spurned a clear opportunity in added time. Rather than going into the summer with an eight-point lead, Poland's result leaves them looking suddenly vulnerable given their immediate pursuers in Group A, Portugal and Serbia, both have two games in hand – and Poland must still visit that pair when qualifying resumes in the autumn.

Last updated: 07/06/07 10.48CET

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Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

Poland

Poland

1
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
1
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
2
DudkaDariusz Dudka
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
3
BronowickiGrzegorz Bronowicki
Yellow Card84
2
MelikyanEgishe Melikyan
13
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
14
V. MinasyanVahagn Minasyan
Substitution78
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
18
Al. TadevosyanAleksandr Tadevosyan
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
17
MkrtchyanAgvan Mkrtchyan
Yellow Card41
6
BąkJacek Bąk (C)
Substitution65
7
Artur VoskanyanArtur Voskanyan
7
SmolarekEbi Smolarek
Substitution60
6
Ararat ArakelyanArarat Arakelyan
8
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
9
MkhitaryanHamlet Mkhitaryan
Goal66
Substitution74
15
ŁobodzińskiWojciech Łobodziński
Substitution60
10
ShahgeldyanArmen Shahgeldyan
Substitution46
10
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski

Substitutes

12
AzizyanMayis Azizyan (GK)
12
KowalewskiWojciech Kowalewski (GK)
8
NazaryanRafael Nazaryan
4
KokoszkaAdam Kokoszka
3
Artur H. MinasyanArtur H. Minasyan
5
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution60
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
Substitution74
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski
Substitution60
13
Aram HakobyanAram Hakobyan
Substitution46
11
RasiakGrzegorz Rasiak
16
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
Substitution78
16
SobolewskiRadosław Sobolewski
Substitution65
15
ZebelyanRobert Zebelyan
17
KaźmierczakPrzemysław Kaźmierczak

Coach

Ian Porterfield (SCO) Leo Beenhakker (NED)

Referee

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant referees

Marcel Savaniu (ROU), Zoltán Székely (ROU)

Fourth official

Sorin Corpodean (ROU)

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