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Albania head off Armenia threat

Published: Sunday 29 March 2015, 19.50CET
Albania 2-1 Armenia
A red card proved to be the turning point as Mërgim Mavraj and Shkelzen Gashi headed the home side to victory in Group I.

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Match statistics

AlbaniaArmenia

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)59
 
41
Total attempts16
 
8
on target6
 
1
off target8
 
5
blocked2
 
2
against woodwork2
 
1
Corners4
 
3
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed14
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
14

Standings

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Published: Sunday 29 March 2015, 19.50CET

Albania head off Armenia threat

Albania 2-1 Armenia
A red card proved to be the turning point as Mërgim Mavraj and Shkelzen Gashi headed the home side to victory in Group I.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan lays on fourth-minute own-goal opener for Armenia
Hovhannes Hambartsumyan's 70th-minute dismissal turns tide in Elbasan
Headers from Mërgim Mavraj and Shkelzen Gashi earn Albania victory
Armenia still without a Group I win; Albania keep up pressure on Denmark and Portugal
Next qualifiers: Armenia v Portugal (13 June), Denmark v Albania (4 September)

Mërgim Mavraj and Shkelzen Gashi struck in the closing stages as Albania made their numerical advantage count, cancelling out an early goal in UEFA EURO 2016 Group I.

Having taken an early lead, Armenia defended with considerable composure until the dismissal of Hovhannes Hambartsumyan for a second bookable offence with 20 minutes to go. A man to the good, Albania finally made their pressure tell with two headed goals, keeping up the pace with Denmark and Portugal at the top of the five-team section.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan had helped Armenia get off to a great start, powering his way into the area and squaring for Yura Movsisyan, with the ball being scuffed across goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and into the net, with a touch from Mavraj on the way. From then on, the visitors seemed to accept that they would be spending much of the contest defending.

The hosts' Sokol Çikalleshi contrived to hit the post at both ends as Albania poured forward in search of an equaliser, yet Armenia's rearguard efforts were to come to nothing following Hambartsumyan's red card. Mavraj's glancing contact with Taulant Xhaka's ball from the left was enough to beat Roman Berezovski, and the goalkeeper was undone again four minutes later, Gashi connecting with fellow substitute Ermir Lenjani's delivery at the back post.

Last updated: 02/06/15 2.56CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013942/postmatch/report/index.html#albania+outdo+armenia

Lineups

Albania

Albania

Armenia

Armenia

1
BerishaEtrit Berisha (GK)
1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK) (C)
4
HysajElseid Hysaj
2
AndonianGael Andonian
5
CanaLorik Cana (C)
Yellow Card19
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
Yellow Card86
7
AgolliAnsi Agolli
7
Artur EdigaryanArtur Edigaryan
Substitution84
9
Memushaj                      Ledian Memushaj
Substitution46
8
PizzelliMarcos Pizzelli
Yellow Card38
13
KukeliBurim Kukeli
Yellow Card84
10
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
14
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
14
MovsisyanYura Movsisyan
15
MavrajMërgim Mavraj
Goal4
Goal77
18
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
16
ÇikalleshiSokol Çikalleshi
Yellow Card90+2
19
HambartsumyanHovhannes Hambartsumyan
Yellow Card51
Red Card70
21
RoshiOdise Roshi
Substitution69
20
HayrapetyanLevon Hayrapetyan
22
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Substitution46
22
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution67

Substitutes

12
ShehiOrges Shehi (GK)
12
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
23
HoxhaAlban Hoxha (GK)
21
BeglaryanArsen Beglaryan (GK)
2
LilaAndi Lila
3
HaroyanVarazdat Haroyan
3
LenjaniErmir Lenjani
Substitution46
4
T. VoskanyanTaron Voskanyan
6
ÇurriDebatik Çurri
6
BadoyanZaven Badoyan
8
BashaMigjen Basha
9
KoryanRuslan Koryan
Substitution84
10
RamaValdet Rama
11
SarkisovArtur Sarkisov
11
GashiShkëlzen Gashi
Substitution46
Goal81
13
K. HovhannisyanKamo Hovhannisyan
Substitution67
17
BulkuErvin Bulku
15
MkoyanHrayr Mkoyan
18
SalihiHamdi Salihi
Substitution69
16
Aslanyan   Norair Aslanyan
19
BalajBekim Balaj
17
Artak EdigaryanArtak Edigaryan
20
KaçeErgys Kaçe
23
SimonyanArtem Simonyan

Coach

Giovanni de Biasi (ALB) Bernard Challandes (SUI)

Referee

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero (ESP), Roberto del Palomar (ESP)

Fourth official

Jorge Canelo Prieto (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Pedro Perez Montero (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution