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Portugal have yet to be beaten by Armenia as the sides prepare to meet in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I, but two home draws will give the visitors some hope.

Portugal are currently unbeaten by Armenia as the sides line up for their sixth encounter in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I.

Previous meetings
Portugal and Armenia have met five times before, with Portugal boasting the record W3 D2 L0 (W3 D0 L0 at home, W0 D2 L0 away).

• Cristiano Ronaldo (72) scored the only goal of the game when the teams met in their first Group I meeting in Faro-Loule on 14 November.

• The sides first came together in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Long-serving Armenia goalkeeper Roman Berezovski made his international debut as the teams drew 0-0 in Yerevan on 31 August 1996, but Artur Jorge's Portugal won the return fixture 3-1, Domingos Paciência (23), Luís Figo (31) and Pedro Barbosa (53) all on target for the home side in Setubal, where Éric Assadourian (46) scored Armenia's goal.

• More recently, the teams were paired in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying. Cristiano Ronaldo (37) cancelled out Robert Arzumanyan's 11th-minute opener as Ian Porterfield's Armenia held Luiz Felipe Scolari's Portugal 1-1 in Yerevan on 22 August 2007. Hugo Almeida then struck the winner (42) as Portugal – under Flávio Teixeira, who was covering for the suspended Scolari – beat Vardan Minasyan's Armenia 1-0 in the return fixture in Leiria on 17 November 2007.

Form guide
Armenia are without a victory in five competitive internationals. Defeat in Albania on 29 March left them bottom of Group I and proved the last match in charge for former coach Bernard Challandes.

Armenia's last competitive success came on 11 October 2013 in the final home game of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. Aras Özbiliz (45+1) and Yura Movsisyan (87) secured a 2-1 triumph against Bulgaria.

• Since suffering a 1-0 home loss to Albania in their opening Group I game, Portugal have won their three most recent qualifiers by a one-goal margin to top the section.

Portugal have won their last four competitive qualifiers away from home. The last time they failed to prevail on their travels came in 2014 World Cup qualifying, when they drew 3-3 with Israel in Ramat Gan on 22 March 2013. Fábio Coentrão's 93rd-minute equaliser earned a point for Paulo Bento's Portugal.

Trivia and links
• Only two UEFA club competition matches have been played between Armenian and Portuguese sides, CD Santa Clara beating FC Shirak 2-0 at home and then drawing 3-3 in Armenia in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup first round.

• In the 21 UEFA matches between Portuguese and Armenian sides – including club games, youth games, women's matches and futsal – 17 have ended in Portuguese victories, with three draws. Armenia's only success against Portuguese opponents came on 16 October 1996, Ara Hakobyan (63) scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win for Armenia in a UEFA European Under-16 Championship qualifying round match in Budapest, Hungary.