Kazakhstan 1-2 Armenia
Kazakhstan had a nightmare game at Almaty on June 2 as they went down to Armenia 1-2. The win was the first for Armenia in their six games played in Euro 2008 campaign so far. Group A's bottom teams struggled to stamp their authority on the match in the early stages as it got ragged in the midfield.
In a game that was always going to be mediocre, Armenia showed more purpose than the hosts as they launched stinging attacks on the Kazakhstan goal in the first half. Robert Arzumanyan opened the scoring for Armenia in the 31st minute. Ararat Arakelian had a chance to put Armenia ahead on the 21st minute itself, but he shot wide in what was a decent chance on the Kazakhstan goal.
Hamlet Mkhitaryan then put through a splendid cross for Arzumanyan on 31 minutes. Arzumanyan's left-footed shot gave no chance for the Kazakhstan keeper Loria, who could only be a helpless spectator. Armenia went 2-0 ahead when a penalty was awarded following Aleksandr Kuchma's tackle on Samvel Melkonyan on the 39th minute.
Sargis Hovsepyan made no mistake as his shot thudded into the bottom left-hand corner of the net giving Loria no chance to save it. After the break, Armenia intensified their attacks and Yeghishe Melikyan had a decent chance, but Loria managed to affect a fine save. Murat Tleshev tries his hand at the Armenia goal on 70 minutes, but his 20-yeard shot was easily collected by Armenia goalkeeper Gevorg Kasparov.
The hosts got a consolation goal when Ruslan Baltiyev converted a penalty in the 88th minute. Kazakhstan occupy the sixth spot in Group A with 5 points from seven games, while Armenia are on the seventh spot with four points from six matches.
Armenia face Poland on June 6, while Kazakhstan take on Azerbaijan. Kazakhstan v Armenia finished 1-2.
Tags: Kazakhstan, Armenia, Euro 2008, Kazakhstan v Armenia