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Slovakia laid waste by sparkly Armenia

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 22.22CET
Slovakia 0-4 Armenia
Vardan Minasyan's side staked a claim for a top-two finish in Group B with a magnificent second-half display in Zilina.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Štadión MŠK Žilina
Slovakia laid waste by sparkly Armenia
Armenia's Hrayr Mkoyan (in red) challenges Slovakia's Filip Hološko ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SlovakiaArmenia

Goals scored0
4
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts15
 
17
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
6
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
6
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards6
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
14

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 22.22CET

Slovakia laid waste by sparkly Armenia

Slovakia 0-4 Armenia
Vardan Minasyan's side staked a claim for a top-two finish in Group B with a magnificent second-half display in Zilina.

Four days after earning a brave 0-0 draw in Dublin, Slovakia missed their chance to go top of UEFA EURO 2012 Group B as Armenia claimed a shock 4-0 victory in Zilina.

Armenia beat Slovakia 3-1 in Yerevan last year, but Vladimír Weiss's side would not have expected another defeat by such a dramatic margin, with Yura Movsisyan, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Gevorg Ghazaryan and Artur Sarkisov scoring to send Vardan Minasyan's side unexpectedly in sight of a top-two finish in a supremely competitive section.

There was little in the first half to suggest what would follow. Slovakia shaded the action, with captain Marek Hamšík denied three times by Roman Berezovsky and Martin Škrtel striking another effort wide. Armenia had mustered little in response before half-time, but turned up the heat ominously after the interval.

Slovakia No1 Ján Mucha blocked Karlen Mkrtchyan's rasping shot but proved to be no match for Movsisyan, whose angled effort opened the scoring on 57 minutes. Filip Hološko almost struck back on the break, before Mkhitaryan's shot from 18 metres silenced the home supporters once more 20 minutes from time.

With the hosts pushing on, Mkhitaryan broke, laying on a third goal for Ghazaryan, and while Slovakia battled on gamely, peppering Berezovsky's goal with shots, Sarkisov headed Armenia's fourth into an empty net in added time. They next meet the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at home on 7 October while Slovakia play host to group leaders Russia.

Last updated: 06/09/11 22.36CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2012/matches/round=15171/match=2002225/postmatch/report/index.html#armenia+bedazzle+slovakia

Quotes

  • Yura Movsisyan

    "This was a chance to prove once again that we have a good team, and the fact that we scored all our goals from open play shows that we have good players"

Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Armenia

Armenia

1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK)
2
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
6
MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
Yellow Card86
7
Artur EdigaryanArtur Edigaryan
Substitution90+2
5
ČechMarek Čech
Yellow Card45+4
Substitution78
8
PizzelliMarcos Pizzelli
Yellow Card43
Substitution73
6
KarhanMiroslav Karhan
10
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
Goal80
7
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution71
14
MovsisyanYura Movsisyan
Goal57
Substitution85
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
Yellow Card90+3
15
MkoyanHrayr Mkoyan
Yellow Card37
13
HološkoFilip Hološko
16
V. AleksanyanValeri Aleksanyan
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)
Yellow Card75
18
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
Goal70
21
GuédéKarim Guédé
Yellow Card52
Substitution55
20
HayrapetyanLevon Hayrapetyan

Substitutes

12
PutnockýMatúš Putnocký (GK)
23
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
8
JežRóbert Jež
Substitution55
3
YuspashyanArtur Yuspashyan
Substitution90+2
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
Substitution71
Yellow Card72
11
SarkisovArtur Sarkisov
Substitution85
Goal90+1
11
VittekRóbert Vittek
13
A. GrigoryanArtak Grigoryan
14
MichalíkĽubomír Michalík
17
Artak EdigaryanArtak Edigaryan
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
21
BadoyanZaven Badoyan
18
JendrišekErik Jendrišek
Substitution78
22
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution73

Coach

Vladimír Weiss (SVK) Vardan Minasyan (ARM)

Referee

Marcin Borski (POL)

Assistant referees

Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Dawid Piasecki (POL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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