Ta' Qali National Stadium - Ta' Qali 07/09/2012 - 20:00CET (20:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Malta - Armenia
0-1
 

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Sarkisov settles it in Armenia's favour

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 22.55CET
Malta 0-1 Armenia
Artur Sarkisov came off the bench to score the only goal of the game and secure an opening Group B win for Armenia in Ta' Qali.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Ta' Qali National Stadium
Sarkisov settles it in Armenia's favour
Armenia celebrate scoring the only goal of their FIFA World Cup qualifier against Malta ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

Malta
Armenia

0

Goals scored

1

3

Total attempts

20

1

Attempts on target

7

1

off target

5

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

1

4

Corners

8

5

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

15

14

Fouls suffered

16

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 15:29 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 22.55CET

Sarkisov settles it in Armenia's favour

Malta 0-1 Armenia
Artur Sarkisov came off the bench to score the only goal of the game and secure an opening Group B win for Armenia in Ta' Qali.

Substitute Artur Sarkisov scored six minutes after coming off the bench to secure Armenia the three points from their Group B encounter away to Malta.

The game looked to be on course for a stalemate after a cautious opening period, with few chances at either end. However, Armenia came out with more intent after the interval, and coach Vardan Minasyan was left delighted after throwing Sarkisov into the fray to score the winner 20 minutes from time.

Neither side was able to gain the upper hand in a tentative first 45 minutes, with chances at a premium inside the Ta' Qali National Stadium. However, a change of ends brought renewed life to the visiting side, and FC Kuban Krasnodar's Aras Özbiliz tested Andrew Hogg in the home goal. Malta captain Michael Mifsud responded immediately with a fine solo effort, which Gevorg Kasparov did excellently to parry.

In the end the game was decided by a substitute – after replacing Marcos Pizzelli, Sarkisov connected perfectly with a cross from Yura Movsisyan, the game's outstanding player, to score the only goal. The result could have been more emphatic but for the excellence of Hogg, who denied Özbiliz and Henrik Mkhitaryan late on. However, the points ultimately went to Armenia, providing a confidence boost ahead of their trip to Bulgaria on Tuesday, when Malta are in Italy.

Last updated: 08/05/14 8.44CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Armenia

Armenia

1Andrew Hogg (GK)12Gevorg Kasparov (GK)
3Alex Muscat4Sargis Hovsepyan (C)
Yellow Card82
4Gareth Sciberras
Yellow Card39
5Robert Arzumanyan
Substitution79
5André Agius6Karlen Mkrtchyan
6Luke Dimech
Yellow Card71
8Marcos Pizzelli
Substitution64
7Daniel Bogdanovic14Yura Movsisyan
8Roderick Briffa
Substitution85
15Hrayr Mkoyan
Yellow Card44
9Michael Mifsud (C)17Artak Edigaryan
Substitution52
10Andrew Cohen
Substitution74
18Henrikh Mkhitaryan
13André Schembri20Levon Hayrapetyan
15Steve Borg23Aras Özbiliz

Substitutes

12Justin Haber (GK)1Artur Harutyunyan (GK)
2Ryan Fenech2Alex
11Shaun Bajada
Substitution85
3Artur Yuspashyan
16Jonathan Caruana
Substitution74
7Artur Edigaryan
17Ryan Camilleri9Kamo Hovhannisyan
18Etienne Barbara11Artur Sarkisov
Substitution64
Goal70
16Valeri Aleksanyan
Substitution79
19Zaven Badoyan
21Davit Manoyan
Substitution52

Coach

Pietro Ghedin (ITA) Vardan Minasyan (ARM)

Referee

Rene Eisner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Klaus Strasser (AUT), Richard Huebler (AUT)

Fourth official

Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Malta

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Italy, 11 September 2012, 2-0
  • Armenia

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Bulgaria, 11 September 2012, 1-0
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