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Slovakia hopes dented as Armenia win in Yerevan

Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 20.00CET
Armenia 3-1 Slovakia
Second-half goals from Gevorg Ghazaryan and Henrik Mkhitaryan secured a surprise victory for the hosts in Yerevan.

Slovakia hopes dented as Armenia win in Yerevan
Robert Arzumanyan (right) of Armenia and Kamil Kopúnek compete in Yerevan ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArmeniaSlovakia

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts14
 
10
Attempts on target10
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides2
 
5
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
11

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 20.00CET

Slovakia hopes dented as Armenia win in Yerevan

Armenia 3-1 Slovakia
Second-half goals from Gevorg Ghazaryan and Henrik Mkhitaryan secured a surprise victory for the hosts in Yerevan.

Second-half goals from Gevorg Ghazaryan and Henrik Mkhitaryan secured a sensational 3-1 win for Armenia against Slovakia in Yerevan.

The visitors had begun the day as joint-leaders of Group B following last month's win in Russia but they fell behind to Yura Movsisyan's 23rd-minute opener. Although Vladimír Weiss equalised before the break, Ghazaryan restored the hosts' lead soon after and Mkhitaryan then secured their first win of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying in the closing moments.

Vardan Minasyan's team made the early running though the first clear scoring chance fell to Slovakia. Miroslav Stoch won a free-kick near the byline and from his cross Martin Škrtel won the aerial duel with goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky but headed just wide.

Armenia's first effort of note came after 20 minutes when Marcos Pizzelli fired just wide of the right post and the same player was the architect of the opening goal three minutes later. His gorgeous through pass put Movsisyan one-on-one with Ján Mucha and the Armenia forward calmly shot through the goalkeeper's legs. Mkhitaryan almost made it two soon after but Mucha was equal to his fierce free-kick.

The goal clearly affected Slovakia, but they gradually recovered their stride and after Weiss had narrowly missed the top-right corner from distance, he made no mistake with his second opening. With 37 minutes played, the Slovakia coach's son and namesake received the ball in the area, beat two defenders and fired past Berezovsky from close range.

Within five minutes of the restart, however, Armenian were back in front. Mucha could only parry substitute Edgar Manucharyan's attempt and Ghazaryan drilled home from close in. Slovakia stepped up the tempo as they sought a second equaliser, but the Armenians still carried a threat on the counterattack. Movsisyan had a free-kick saved by Mucha, while Ghazaryan failed to score in a one-on-one situation.

The final word went to Mkhitaryan with a minute remaining. Ghazaryan was the provider with a short pass to the FC Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker who beat Mucha with a low shot inside the left-hand corner from the edge of the box.

Last updated: 24/05/11 3.03CET

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Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK)
1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
2
MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
Yellow Card19
2
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
Yellow Card18
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
Substitution79
5
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
Yellow Card68
Substitution81
8
PizzelliMarcos Pizzelli
Substitution72
6
KarhanMiroslav Karhan
10
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
Goal50
7
WeissVladimír Weiss
Goal37
14
MovsisyanYura Movsisyan
Goal23
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
15
MkoyanHrayr Mkoyan
11
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution57
16
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
Substitution46
14
KopúnekKamil Kopúnek
Yellow Card48
Substitution57
17
Artak EdigaryanArtak Edigaryan
16
SalátaKornel Saláta
18
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
Goal89
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)

Substitutes

12
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
12
PernišDušan Perniš (GK)
3
YuspashyanArtur Yuspashyan
4
PečalkaMário Pečalka
6
Ararat ArakelyanArarat Arakelyan
Substitution79
13
HološkoFilip Hološko
Substitution57
7
Artur EdigaryanArtur Edigaryan
Substitution72
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
9
GoharyanHovhannes Goharyan
18
JendrišekErik Jendrišek
11
HambartsumyanHovhannes Hambartsumyan
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Substitution57
13
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution46
22
ŠeboFilip Šebo
Substitution81

Coach

Vardan Minasyan (ARM) Vladimír Weiss (SVK)

Referee

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Assistant referees

Stefano Ayroldi (ITA), Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)

Fourth official

Sebastiano Peruzzo (ITA)

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