Saturday March 26, 2011 Group Stage: Group B Finished Hanrapetakan

Armenia 0 - 0 Russia

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    Time:90'
    • Armenia
    • Russia
    • 90+3' Zhirkov's corner is heaeed clear and that's it! Armenia have secured a very creditable draw at home to Russia!
    • 90+1' Into stoppage time - of which there will be three minutes.
    • 87' Shirokov fires just over from long range - he has had a few goes this afternoon and this one whistle just over!
    • 85' The home fans are making a real racket - they believe their team are capable of causing a late sensation.
    • 78' The Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak comes on for Kerzhakov with about 15 minutes left.
    • 75' Zyryanov rolls it into the path of Shirokov, who sidefoots a shot from the edge of the box that goes just wide again! So close Russia...
    • 74' Kerzhakov smashes a free-kick with real venom, and it flashes a foot wide of the left-hand post! The goalkeeper was nowhere near that.
    • 71' Shirokov finds Kerzhakov inside the box... the Russia man goes to ground, but his penalty appeals are waved away!
    • 67' Russia are in danger of overcommiting and leaving themselves vulnerable on the break... they nearly get caught out when Arshavin gives it away in the Armenia box.
    • 62' Mkhitaryan goes on an extraordinary run, carrying the ball fully 60 yards downfield before he takes a heavy touch and cannot get a shot away!
    • 57' Another change for Armenia - Artur Edigaryan comes on for Marcos Pizzelli.
    • 54' Great stuff from the hosts again, with Sargis Hovsepyan sprinting clear down the right... he runs the ball out of play.
    • 51' Great chance Armenia! Pizeelli prods the ball across the face of goal for Movsisyan who rounds Akinfeev but is forced wide, and shoots just wide!
    • 50' Armenia began the first half well, and they have made a good start to the second - they bring on Edgar Manucharyan for Edgar Malakyan.
    • 46' Second half under way, no personnel changes from either manager.
    • 45+1' Just a few seconds of stoppage time are played and that's half time. No goals, but Russia well on top...
    • 45' Mkrtchyan and Pizzelli mount what looks like a promising counter-attack for the Armenians, but a bad touch from Movsisyan sees Russia regain possession.
    • 42' Kerzhakov races into the box and spots the runner to his right - he tees up Zyryanov, whose first shot is blocked and his second is palmed away by Berezovsky! Armenia are hanging on here...
    • 37' Russia go close again! Sergei Ignashevich gets his head on a corner and flashes it just wide!
    • 34' Yellow card Levon Hayrapetyan for a crude hack from behind on Zyryanov... that was a bad one.
    • 33' Dzagoev backheels into the path of Igor Denisov who rather stabs at a low shot, but puts it well wide. Another good chance goes begging for Russia.
    • 28' Great spell of pressure from Russia, including a stinging shot by Yuri Zhirkov that Roman Berezovsky parries into the air, then punches unconvincingly clear.
    • 24' Marcos Pizzelli was born in Brazil, gained Armenian citizenship in 2008 and wins his 12th cap today.
    • 19' Akinfeev is forced into a save by Marcos Pizzelli. I'm guessing he's not a native Armenian...
    • 18' Ghazaryan has a shot from distance for Armenia, but misses the target...
    • 14' A better spell of possession from Dick Advocaat's Russian side - passing it around the opposition half, albeit without much penetration.
    • 9' Armenia have been the better side so far, but neither keeper has been forced to make a serious save as yet.
    • 3' Positive start from Armenia - they win the game's first corner, which is caught by Akinfeev.
    • 1' And we're off! Armenia get the game under way, playing from right to left as we see it.
    • 14:58 A bow-tied opera singer with a passing resemblance to Chris Moyles belts out the anthems. The team colours are Armenia in red, Russia in white, if you care about that sort of thing...
    • 14:55 The teams are out at the Yerevan Republican Stadium! A decent crowd and a spot of late afternoon sun. Scotland's Craig Thomson is the ref, incidentally.
    • 14:25 RUSSIA: Igor Akinfeev, Roman Shishkin, Vasili Berezutski, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Shirokov, Igor Denisov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Andrey Arshavin, Alan Dzagoev... SUBS: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Igor Semshov, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Denis Glushakov, Aleksei Berezutski.
    • 14:25 ARMENIA: Roman Berezovsky, Levon Hayrapetyan, Sargis Hovsepyan, Robert Arzumanyan, Karlen Mkrtchyan, Marcos Pizzelli, Edgar Malakyan, Gevorg Ghazaryan, Yura Movsisyan, Hrayr Mkoyan, Henrik Mkhitaryan... SUBS: Stepan Ghazaryan, Artur Yuspashyan, Artur Edigaryan, Artak Dashyan, Edgar Manucharyan, Valeri Aleksanyan, Artak Edigaryan.
  • Summary

    • 87' Shirokov fires just over from long range - he has had a few goes this afternoon and this one whistle just over!
    • 75' Zyryanov rolls it into the path of Shirokov, who sidefoots a shot from the edge of the box that goes just wide again! So close Russia...
    • 51' Great chance Armenia! Pizeelli prods the ball across the face of goal for Movsisyan who rounds Akinfeev but is forced wide, and shoots just wide!
    • 42' Kerzhakov races into the box and spots the runner to his right - he tees up Zyryanov, whose first shot is blocked and his second is palmed away by Berezovsky! Armenia are hanging on here...
    • 37' Russia go close again! Sergei Ignashevich gets his head on a corner and flashes it just wide!
    • 28' Great spell of pressure from Russia, including a stinging shot by Yuri Zhirkov that Roman Berezovsky parries into the air, then punches unconvincingly clear.
    • 19' Akinfeev is forced into a save by Marcos Pizzelli. I'm guessing he's not a native Armenian...
    • 18' Ghazaryan has a shot from distance for Armenia, but misses the target...
    • 14:25 RUSSIA: Igor Akinfeev, Roman Shishkin, Vasili Berezutski, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Shirokov, Igor Denisov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Andrey Arshavin, Alan Dzagoev... SUBS: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Igor Semshov, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Denis Glushakov, Aleksei Berezutski.
    • 14:25 ARMENIA: Roman Berezovsky, Levon Hayrapetyan, Sargis Hovsepyan, Robert Arzumanyan, Karlen Mkrtchyan, Marcos Pizzelli, Edgar Malakyan, Gevorg Ghazaryan, Yura Movsisyan, Hrayr Mkoyan, Henrik Mkhitaryan... SUBS: Stepan Ghazaryan, Artur Yuspashyan, Artur Edigaryan, Artak Dashyan, Edgar Manucharyan, Valeri Aleksanyan, Artak Edigaryan.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Armenia

    Manager: Vardan Minasyan

  • Russia

    Manager: Dick Advocaat

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