By Khachik Chakhoyan at the Republican stadium
Budapest Honvéd FC will take a precious lead back to Hungary after a late header from Ádám Csobánki gave them a 1-0 victory at FC MIKA tonight.
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With the referee preparing to blow the final whistle at the Republican stadium in Yerevan, Csobánki connected with a Lázló Bojtor cross in the second minute of added time to ensure an away win. Honvéd will now feel they have every chance of progressing from the first qualifying round when they stage the second leg in Budapest in a fortnight.
MIKA had started brightly, with Artyom Adamyan wasting the most dangerous chance for the Armenian home side midway through the first half. Davit Grigoryan also looked threatening on a couple of occasions but it was the visitors who created the most clear-cut opening, as striker Attila Dobos hit the crossbar.
The visitors found their feet in the second half, and they were rewarded for making three late substitutions in the closing stages. Honvéd were pushing for a goal and they got the breakthrough when Bojtor burst clear on the wing and provided Csobánki with the chance to score.
The victory will have done much to cheer Honvéd, who reached the Hungarian Cup final before losing 3-1 to champions Ferencvárosi TC in May. The winners of this UEFA Cup tie will enter the second qualifying round, which is due to be played over two legs next month.