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Georgia narrow gap on leaders

Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 2.45CET
Armenia 2-3 Georgia
Goals from Jano Ananidze, Mate Vatsadze and Nika Kvekveskiri kept Georgia's play-off hopes alive.
by Evgheni Balaniuc
from Yerevan Republican Stadium
Georgia narrow gap on leaders
Georgia's Jano Ananidze (right) takes on Edgar Malakyan ©Hakber

Match statistics

ArmeniaGeorgia

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target14
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
8
Corners4
 
2
Fouls committed14
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/03/2013 14:23 CET

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P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 2.45CET

Georgia narrow gap on leaders

Armenia 2-3 Georgia
Goals from Jano Ananidze, Mate Vatsadze and Nika Kvekveskiri kept Georgia's play-off hopes alive.

Georgia kept alive their outside chance of sealing a play-off place with a 3-2 win away to Armenia in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2.

Jano Ananidze, Mate Vatsadze and Nika Kvekveskiri got the goals for Georgia, who had to hang on for victory after substitute Valter Poghosyan pulled Armenia to within one with two minutes to play. The win takes Otar Gabelia's side above Armenia and Estonia into third, five points behind leaders Switzerland, who have played a game more, and within a point of second-placed Turkey, who they meet on 4 September.

Despite the heat in Yerevan, both teams were lively from the start with Armenia enjoying most of the possession in the opening half hour. They were caught on the break, however, on 36 minutes when goalkeeper Edvard Hovhannisyan brought down Vatsadze in the area, allowing Ananidze to convert from the spot.

FC Spartak Moskva midfielder Ananidze was in the thick of the action and five minutes after the restart he crossed for Vatsadze to double the advantage with a header. Henrik Mkhitaryan had twice hit the crossbar before he brought Armenia back into the game from the spot on 78 minutes after Georgia goalkeeper Roin Kvaskhvadze fouled substitute Hovhannes Goharyan.

Within three minutes, though, Kvekveskiri restored Georgia's two-goal advantage after a fine solo run, leaving Poghosyan's late strike no more than a consolation. Armenia are now second from bottom on ten points from nine games and finish their campaign away to Georgia on 7 September.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.44CET

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