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01.07.2011

Armenian clubs lose at Europa League start

FC Banants started in the Europa League season 2011-2012. On July 30th our team at the Republican stadium played with Georgian Metalurgi. The home team began actively, took over territorial advantage, but very soon the Georgian players managed to restore the situation and not allow Banants players to conduct acute attacks. Moreover, before halftime guests can score, but thanks to Nepogodov’s brilliant save teams went on for halftime with a score 0-0.
At the beginning of the second half, Metalurgi opened the score. Irakli Kobalia was the first near the ball after corner kick and hit the ball into the net. Looking ahead, the score remain unchanged until the end of the game. Banants was trying to equalise, but all attempts to overpower the visitor’s goalkeeper were failed. Moreover, home team was unable to use the advantage, which they owned the entire second half after the expulsion of Kobalia. Second leg match will be held next week in Georgia.
After the match in Yerevan, pitch of Albert stadium in Budapest took the players of Ferencváros and Ulysses. The match also wasn’t successful for Armenian club. On the 31st and 33rd minutes of the match Ulysses was twice forced to start from the center of the field. Both the goals appeared in Malkov’s net after standards. In the first case was a free kick, to the second - the corner. Real opportunity to reduce the gap Ulysses had at the end of the first half, but Artyom Adamian failed to score from a penalty spot. In the second half the score became 3-0, and Ferencvaros will arrive in Yerevan with a substantial margin of safety. Second leg match will take place om July 7 at Hrazdan stadium.

   
 
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