Mkhitaryan proves Armenia's hero

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 1.42CET
Armenia 4-1 Republic of Ireland
Armenia secured their first win in 2011 qualifying Group 2 thanks to Henrik Mkhitaryan's hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland.
Mkhitaryan proves Armenia's hero
Metalurh Donetsk striker Henrik Mkhitaryan scored a hat-trick for Armenia ©sportsfile

Match statistics

ArmeniaRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored4
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts11
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
7

Matches

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 1.42CET

Mkhitaryan proves Armenia's hero

Armenia 4-1 Republic of Ireland
Armenia secured their first win in 2011 qualifying Group 2 thanks to Henrik Mkhitaryan's hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland.

Armenia secured their first win in 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying thanks to Henrik Mkhitaryan's hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland.

Mkhitaryan feat
Both these sides had yet to taste victory in Group 2, although Ireland had drawn four of five games and Armenia just the one. However, a depleted Republic team were breached by Mkhitaryan on the half-hour and he added a second on 61 minutes. Cillian Sheridan pulled one back, only for Hovhannes Goharyan's fine goal to be followed by a Mkhitaryan penalty.

Spirits raised
There had been frustration for both countries on Saturday when Armenia conceded a stoppage-time equaliser to Estonia, and Ireland were similarly levelled late on in Georgia, in 1-1 draws. Yet Armenian spirits were raised here when Mkhitaryan danced past three defenders and his superb shot opened the scoring.

Victory sealed
Just past the hour, the 20-year-old from Ukrainian club FC Metalurh Donetsk applied a powerful finish to Edgar Malakyan's cross, but four minutes later Sheridan gave Ireland hope by heading in James O'Shea's centre. With a quarter-hour to go Goharyan struck from 20 metres to make it 3-1 and after Malakyan was felled in the box, Mkhitaryan completed his treble. Armenia duly moved ahead of their visitors and into fifth place on head-to-head record, before the sides' rematch in Ireland on 2 March.

Last updated: 17/11/09 13.55CET

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Lineup

Armenia

Armenia

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1Edvard Hovhannisyan (GK)1Shane Redmond (GK)
3Artashes Arakelyan2Olanrewaju Oyebanjo
Yellow Card82'
4Masis Voskanyan
Substitution76'
3Cian Hughton
6Karlen Mkrtchyan
Yellow Card78'
4Callum Morris
7Edgar Malakyan5Darren Dennehy
8Levon Hayrapetyan6Seamus Conneely
9Hovhannes Goharyan
Yellow Card36'
Goal75'
Substitution90'
7Graham Carey
Substitution46'
14Davit Manoyan8James Collins
Substitution66'
15Artur Yuspashyan9James O'Shea
17Artak Edigaryan
Substitution74'
10Cillian Sheridan
Goal65'
18Henrik Mkhitaryan (C)
Goal30'
Goal61'
Goal82'
11Stephen Gleeson (C)
Yellow Card85'

Substitutes

12Armen Fishyan (GK)16James McKeown (GK)
2Hiraç Yagan12David Meyler
5Artak Andrikyan14Conor Clifford
Substitution46'
10Gevorg Ghazaryan
Substitution76'
15Kevin Long
11Albert Tadevosyan17Patrick Madden
Substitution66'
13Grisha Khachatryan
Substitution74'
16Gevorg Badalyan
Substitution90'

Coach

Flemming Serritslev (DEN) Donald Givens (IRL)

Referee

Radek Prihoda (CZE)

Assistant referees

Emil Ubias (CZE), Martin Vecera (CZE)

Fourth official

Radek Kocian (CZE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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