2010 World Cup - Estonia 1:0 Armenia

Having absolute advantage over the rival at Tallinn A Le Coq stadium Armenia National Team couldn’t manage to celebrate its first victory at 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. Furthermore, our guys accepted a ball into their own goals during the match last minutes losing three points.

Our team had several chances to open the match scored at the first half but after Edgar Manucharyan’s, Artur Edigaryan’s, Levon Pachajyan’s and Artavazd Karamyan’s shots either Estonia goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko acted perfectly or the ball was precise a bit passing by the goals. Two-three strong counter-attacks were organized by Estonia during the first half but our goalkeeper Gevorg Kasparov prevented the danger every time. The second half passed almost like the first one: Armenia was very active but couldn’t succeed in opening the score. Estonia, quite the contrary, managed to take the only chance they got at the second half: as the goalkeeper’s and defenders’ uncoordinated actions’ result Robert Arzumanyan trying to take the ball out of penalty area and scored an own goal. Armenia didn’t have enough time to restore the match balance. 0:1: Armenia National Team suffers its fifth defeat in qualifying round and concludes the group table with a point. Group 5 leader Spain won the match against Turkey 2:1, Bosnia defeated Belgium 2:1.

Group 5 details are here.

Estonia vs. Armenia 1:0

Tallinn, April 1 2009, A Le Coq Statium, att. 5200

Goal – Robert Arzumanyan, 83, own goal (1:0)

Estonia - Sergei Pareiko, Taavi Rahn, Raio PIiroja, Aleksandr Dmitrijev, Sander Puri, Vladimir Voskoboinikov (Martin Vunk, 87), Tarmo Kink (Joel Lindpere, 69), Konstantin Vassiljev, Ragnar Klavan, Enar Jaager, Kristen Viikmae (Sergei Zenjov, 61).

Armenia – Gevorg Kasparov, Sargis Hovsepyan, Robert Arzumanyan, Ararat Arakelyan, Vahagn Minasyan, Artur Edigaryan (Arman Karamyan, 84), Aghvan Mkrtchyan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Artavazd Karamyan (Gevorg Ghazaryan, 89), Levon Pachajyan, Edgar Manucharyan.

Yellow cards – Aghvan Mkrtchyan (87), Sergei Pareiko (90).

Referee – Cyrill Zimmermann (Switzerland)

Assistant referees – Bruno Zurbrueg (Switzerland), Jean Paul Ramy (Switzerland).

4th official – Jerom Laperrier (Switzerland)

Post-match commentaries

Vardan Minasyan, Armenia National Team Head Coach

We played, they won. Of course, it is disappointing when you miss many good chances of yours and the rival takes the only chance he gets. The match result does not always correspond with the match course. At any case we played much better then we did in Yerevan. I thanked all the guys for the good play, devotion and interesting fight. Besides, I would like to mention that the field we played in had terrible conditions. Of course this is not justification; I just want to mention facts. I don’t know how long I will work as acting head coach. I had no difficulties today since I had worked with the National Team four years and I know the guys very well. Anyway, I had awesome responsibility today. The place we are going to take at these qualifiers is not important to me. It’s much more important to prepare for each upcoming match and exploit all our potentialities.

Armenian Development Bank Hummel