Armenia block Georgia's shot at glory

Georgia 0-2 Armenia Artak Dashyan and Valter Poghosyan struck in added time as Georgia's play-off dream was dashed in dramatic style.

Two late Armenia goals ended Georgia's hopes of a play-off place
Two late Armenia goals ended Georgia's hopes of a play-off place ©Getty Images

A shock defeat by Armenia in their final game condemned Georgia to third place in Group 2 when victory could have sent them through to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs.

With Georgia's president Mikhail Saakashvili in the stands at Tbilisi's Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, the stage was set for a major success. Yet chances were not converted, and added-time goals from Artak Dashyan and Valter Poghosyan ensured a miserable finale for Otar Gabelia's side.

Irakli Klimiashvili and Tornike Okriashvili were a menace to Armenia throughout, but the visitors were to have the final say. Things were already desperate for the hosts when Dashyan blasted a long shot into the top corner, and Georgia's spirits were broken as Poghosyan danced past three defenders to beat goalkeeper Roin Kvaskhvadze.

 

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