PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenia's best footballer of the 20th century and best USSR midfielder according to World Soccer, Khoren Hovhannisyan believes that Armenians have a chance to smash Russia. However, he thinks that Russia will be dominating the match. “Of course, we all hope that Armenia can finish second in Group B. But, to be honest, the third place would be a great achievement,” Hovhannisyan said. As to most promising Armenia players, he marked out Edgar Manucharyan, Gevorg Ghazaryan and Yura Movsisyan.
Weightlifter Yuri Sargsyan, Olympic Games silver winner, multiple World, European and USSR champion believes that Armenia will defeat Russia 2:1 or 1:0 in the upcoming Euro-2012 qualifier in Yerevan. "Seeing the excitement of Armenian fans, I understood that the Armenian football players should do their utmost for the victory," Sargsyan told journalists in Yerevan. According to him, earlier he predicted that his friend Vic Darchinyan will be defeated by Abner Mares. "I have never doubted Darchinyan's strength, but had a feeling that he will lose the bout vs. Mares," said Sargsyan.
Armenian Cup: Armenia champions Pyunik were defeated 0-1 against Shirak in the return match of the Armenian championship quarter finals. The first match ended in a draw 1-1. Mika and Banants will meet on March 30. The return match is scheduled for April 20. Shirak and Ullysses will play on April 6; the return match is due on April 27.
Armenian players in foreign clubs: Levon Pachajyan's club, Sanat Naft defeated Steel Azin 2-0 in a match of the Iranian Championship. Pachajyan, who played the match from the beginning to the end, said it was one of his best fights in his life. Sanat Naft climbed to 8th place with 35 points.
Henrik Mkhitaryan's Shakhtar suffered a 0-1 defeat by Karpaty in Ukraine's championship.
Lechia, the team of Levon Hayrapetyan, beat 2-1 Jagiellonia, where Robert Arzumanyan plays.