EURO 2012. F.Y.R. Macedonia 2:2 Armenia

On September 7 Armenia National team played the second match within the frames of EURO 2012 qualifiers against F.Y.R. of Macedonia in Skopje and tied 2:2 draw.
In comparison with the previous matches both teams had changes in their squads. F.Y.R. of Macedonia players Filip Despotovski and Vance Sikov were absent at the match. Sikov has been sent off the field of play together with F.Y.R. of Macedonia national team head coach Mirsad Yonuz at the match against Slovakia. As for our team, Davit Manoyan entered the field in place of Artur Edigaryan just from the first minutes of the match.
F.Y.R. of Macedonia team continuously attacked during the first 15 minutes of the match intending to score a quick goal but Roman Berezovski’s irreproachable play saved our team. The hosts managed to break out team defense from time to time especially at the flanks where Gjurovski and Pandev were playing.
On 17th minute Yura Movsisyan passed the ball from the line of the penalty area to Henrikh Mkhitaryan but Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder missed the ball from a very advantageous position. The hosts continued on attacking during the next several minutes. On 41st minute the guests managed to open the match score: Yura Movsisyan scored. But Macedonia counter-attacked and just one minute later Gjuorovski restored the match score balance.
The second half passed more as equals. At the end of the match our guys had four good chances to score. At the additional time Manucharyan managed to escape the opponent’s defense and score the second goal seemingly giving the long-awaited victory to Armenia but the opponent’s last attack were deafening for our team: Ararat Arakelyan played with hand at his own penalty area and 11m penalty kick was appointed by the referee. Naumoski realized the penalty kick gaining the desired draw for his team.

F.Y.R. MACEDONIA vs. ARMENIA 2:2 (1:1)
07.09.2010, Filip II stadium, Skopje
- Espen Berntsen (Norway)
Goals - Mario Gjurovski, 42, Ilco Naumovski, 90+6, 11m penalty - Yura Movsisyan, 41, Edgar Manucharyan, 90+1.

F.Y.R. MACEDONIA - Edin Nuredinovski, Aleksandar Todorovski, Goran Popov, Nikolce Noveski, Igor Mitreski, Slavco Giorgievski (Filip Despotovski, 67), Ivan Trickovski, Velice Sumulikoski, Stevica Ristic (Ilco Naumovski, 62), Goran Pandev, Mario Gjurovski (Blaze Ilioski, 75).

Substitutes - Martin Bogatinov, Armend Alimi, Boban Grncarov, Aleksandar Lazarevski.

Head coach assistant - Vlatko Kostov

ARMENIA - Roman Berezovski, Sargis Hovsepyan, Robert Arzumanyan, Ararat Arakelyan, Artak Edigaryan, Karlen Mkrtchyan (Hrayr Mkoyan, 90+2), Davit Manoyan, Edgar Malakyan (Edgar Manucharyan, 60), Levon Pachajyan (Artur Edigaryan, 70), Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Yura Movsisyan.

Substitutes - Gevorg Kasparov, Hovhannes Hambardzumyan, Marcos Pizzelli, Hovhannes Goharyan.

Head coach - Vardan Minasyan

Yellow cards - Mario Gjurovski, 42, Karlen Mkrtchyan, 63, Ararat Arakelyan, 67, Ilco Naumovski, 67, Yura Movsisyan, 77.


Armenian Development Bank Hummel