SOCCER: Armenia fall to a heart-breaking defeat in Estonia

After a tough battle where Armenia had numerous opportunities to score, Estonia capitalized on a deflected ball to earn a 1-0 victory over the visiting Armenians.

Having dismissed their coach Jan Poulsen days earlier, the Armenian national team came out and played a spirited game under interim coach Vardan Minasyan with numerous opportunities to take the lead both early and late in the game. Strikes by Artavazd Karamyan and Edgar Manucharyan were deflected aside by the Estonian goalkeeper to deny Armenia the lead.

Unable to convert on their own efforts, Armenia would soon find themselves with their backs to the wall as the Estonian striker's missed shot would bounce off the Armenia defender Robert Arzumanyan and would land in the Armenian net for a 1-0 lead on the 83rd minute. Armenia would press on for a couple of more opportunities, highlighted by an Edgar Manucharyan corner kick cross that almost resulted in a goal in extra time, as two Armenian players wanted to simultaneously head the ball into the net and put the ball over the net for a goal-kick.

The loss leaves Armenia at the bottom of the table with just one point after six matches. Armenia was hoping for better results against the lower ranked Estonian squad in both matches, but came away with the single point leaving five more on the table. Armenia's next match will be on September 5th, 2009 against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Yerevan, as they hope to see better and improved performances against the tough European teams.

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Source: Sporting Armenia


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