Women International Friendly Tournament: Armenia - Kazakhstan 0:2

On May 16 Armenia Women National Team suffered the second defeat within the frames of Women International Tournament competing with Kazakhstan National Team. None of the teams could open the match score at the first half and the guests managed to open it at the second half: Begaim Kirgizbaeva scored. Armenia National Team did its best to restore the match balance during the second half but couldn't succeed in it. Moreover, the rival made a fast counter-attack at the end of the match and Saule Karibaeva doubled the match score giving her team victory and the second place in the tournament.
Women International Tournament winner is Estonia followed by Kazakhstan and Armenia in the third place.

Armenia – Kazakhstan 0:2

Abovyan, City Stadium
Referee – Carolina Radzik-Johan (Poland)
Goals – Begaim Kirgyzbaeva, 49, Saule Karibaeva, 90+1.

Armenia - Anna Karapetyan, Mariam Torgomyan, Ani Ghukasyan, Armine Khachatryan, Syuzanna Sayadyan, Marine Karapetyan, Lusine Hovhannisyan (Armine Tadevosyan, 68), Kristine Mangasaryan (Anna Petrosyan, 75), Lilit Karapetyan, Vardine Khanzadyan, Mariam Stepanyan (Eleonora Davtyan, 60).

Kazakhstan - Irina Saratovtseva, Ekaterina Krasyukova, Begaim Kirgizbaeva (Evgenia Samosledova, 83), Maria Yalova, Veronika Maksimenko (Ekaterina Yalova, 23), Nadezhda Alyakina (Julia Kurbanova, 75), Fatima Idiatulina, Saule Karibaeva, Natalia Ivanova, Aigerim Bisembaeva, Madina Zhanataeva.
Yellow card: Aigerim Bisembaeva, 43.

Post-match reactions

Samvel Adamyan, Armenia National Team Head Coach

I am very disappointed with the team. The players were dispirited after the first match. We tried to correct it that but the result we got was not enough. The players lost the confidence and we must do our best to recreate it. Absence of our two main players also had an effect on the game of course.
Estonia National team was stronger then Kazakhstan. They were more discipline and organized. Kazakhstan also had some good players and they managed to gain victory for their team.
I consider this tournament as World Cup qualification round. We must draw right conclusions and correct all the defects we have now.

Boris Yemelin, Kazakhstan National Team Head Coach

It was a difficult match. Both teams strongly desired to win making several strong attacks. We just took our chance. The passes were not too correct but I think it was because of willing to win. Comparing Estonia and Armenia National Teams I would say that Estonia had stronger defence trying to use their leader Anastasia Morkovkina's best qualities at the same time. Armenia mostly tried to control the ball. The teams had different styles and we had difficulties to fight them both.
I think that the second place in this tournament, where all the teams were almost on one level, is a good result.

Armenian Development Bank Hummel