June 7, 2007 - 13:45 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net
- The Armenian National Football Team encouraged by its recent victory over Kazakhstan (2:1) successively gained the second victory
by the efforts of Hamlet Mkhitaryan. This time Jan Porterfield's men took over the Polish Team players. The home team played with the leaders of the group "A" of the selection round in an impaired staff. At the same time 5 players from the main make-up had to miss the last game because of various reasons. Goalkeeper Roman Berezovski was also among those, who had caught a cold. Goalkeeper Gevork Kasparov from Iranian "Pas" football team replaced him.
The guests, who had gained 6 successive victories in the selection round, could not force the organized defense of the Armenian team. In its turn our team scored the single goal on the 66th minute by the efforts of Hamlet Mkhitaryan. After the comparatively calm beginning the game activated close to the midst of the first half. Robert Arzoumanyan struck a free kick after performing the corner, which was a rather dangerous one and was near the crossbar. The polish responded with a dangerous strike by Marek Saganowski. Goalkeeper Gevork Kasparov reacted to that strike rather successfully. Soon after that Kasparov struck back the kick by Jacek Krzynówek from penalty area. Then after Wojciech Łobodziński's strike the ball jumped to Saganowski, who could not shoot to the empty gates. During the second half the guests continued to control the game with a small advantage. On the 57th minute Łobodziński could not realize a good goal chance. After that football veteran Maciej Żurawski replaced him. Suddenly Armenia scored a goal on the 66th minute. Jacek Bąk broke the rules against Aram Hakobian 20 meters away from the Polish gates, and with a penalty kick Hamlet Mkhitaryan made goalkeeper of Scotch "Celtic" Artur Boruc capitulate. During the remaining time the guests made all efforts to equal the score. Kasparov struck back dangerous kicks of Jakub Błaszczykowski and Żurawski. But during the additional time Arman Karamyan, who replaced one of his playmates, had all chances to make the victory of the Armenian National Team larger.
Thus, winning over the Polish, the Armenian National Team rose to the 6th place, sharing it with the Belgium National Team in the group, which runs on the 5th place, also having 7 points but with one played game more. On August 22 the Armenian National Team will host another leader in the group "A" -the Portuguese National Team.