Qualifying round (Group 2) - 17/11/2009 - 11:00CET (14:00 local time) - Yerevan Republican Stadium after Vazgen Sargsyan - Yerevan
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Mkhitaryan proves Armenia's hero

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 2.42CET
Armenia 4-1 Republic of Ireland
Armenia secured their first win in 2011 qualifying Group 2 thanks to Henrik Mkhitaryan's hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland.
Mkhitaryan proves Armenia's hero
Metalurh Donetsk striker Henrik Mkhitaryan scored a hat-trick for Armenia ©Sportsfile
Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 2.42CET

Mkhitaryan proves Armenia's hero

Armenia 4-1 Republic of Ireland
Armenia secured their first win in 2011 qualifying Group 2 thanks to Henrik Mkhitaryan's hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland.

Armenia secured their first win in 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying thanks to Henrik Mkhitaryan's hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland.

Mkhitaryan feat
Both these sides had yet to taste victory in Group 2, although Ireland had drawn four of five games and Armenia just the one. However, a depleted Republic team were breached by Mkhitaryan on the half-hour and he added a second on 61 minutes. Cillian Sheridan pulled one back, only for Hovhannes Goharyan's fine goal to be followed by a Mkhitaryan penalty.

Spirits raised
There had been frustration for both countries on Saturday when Armenia conceded a stoppage-time equaliser to Estonia, and Ireland were similarly levelled late on in Georgia, in 1-1 draws. Yet Armenian spirits were raised here when Mkhitaryan danced past three defenders and his superb shot opened the scoring.

Victory sealed
Just past the hour, the 20-year-old from Ukrainian club FC Metalurh Donetsk applied a powerful finish to Edgar Malakyan's cross, but four minutes later Sheridan gave Ireland hope by heading in James O'Shea's centre. With a quarter-hour to go Goharyan struck from 20 metres to make it 3-1 and after Malakyan was felled in the box, Mkhitaryan completed his treble. Armenia duly moved ahead of their visitors and into fifth place on head-to-head record, before the sides' rematch in Ireland on 2 March.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.50CET

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Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
HovhannisyanEdvard Hovhannisyan (GK)
1
RedmondShane Redmond (GK)
3
Artashes ArakelyanArtashes Arakelyan
2
OyebanjoOlanrewaju Oyebanjo
Yellow Card82
4
M. VoskanyanMasis Voskanyan
Substitution76
3
HughtonCian Hughton
6
K. MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
Yellow Card78
4
MorrisCallum Morris
7
MalakyanEdgar Malakyan
5
DennehyDarren Dennehy
8
HayrapetyanLevon Hayrapetyan
6
Conneely Seamus Conneely
9
GoharyanHovhannes Goharyan
Yellow Card36
Goal75
Substitution90
7
CareyGraham Carey
Substitution46
14
ManoyanDavit Manoyan
8
CollinsJames Collins
Substitution66
15
YuspashyanArtur Yuspashyan
9
O'SheaJames O'Shea
17
Artak EdigaryanArtak Edigaryan
Substitution74
10
SheridanCillian Sheridan
Goal65
18
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan (C)
Goal30
Goal61
Goal82
11
GleesonStephen Gleeson (C)
Yellow Card85

Substitutes

12
FishyanArmen Fishyan (GK)
16
McKeownJames McKeown (GK)
2
YaganHiraç Yagan
12
MeylerDavid Meyler
5
AndrikyanArtak Andrikyan
14
C. CliffordConor Clifford
Substitution46
10
G. GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
Substitution76
15
LongKevin Long
11
TadevosyanAlbert Tadevosyan
17
MaddenPatrick Madden
Substitution66
13
KhachatryanGrisha Khachatryan
Substitution74
16
BadalyanGevorg Badalyan
Substitution90

Coach

Flemming Serritslev (DEN) Donald Givens (IRL)

Referee

Radek Příhoda (CZE)

Assistant referees

Emil Ubias (CZE), Martin Večera (CZE)

Fourth official

Radek Kocian (CZE)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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