Armenia Garners First ever World Cup Win

YEREVAN (Reuters)–Armenia recorded their first victory in their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign–beating fellow outsiders Andorra 2-1 in a Group One match on Saturday.

Midfielder Romik Khachatryan–who plays for Greek first division side OFI Crete–scored the winner from close range seven minutes from time to send the home crowd wild.

Ara Hakobyan put the Armenia’s 1-0 up with a cracking shot after 32 minutes but Fernando Silva equalized for the visitors shortly after the break.

The win allowed bottom-of-the-table Armenia to draw level with Andorra on four points from six matches and one point behind fifth-placed Macedonia–who were not playing on Saturday.

None of those teams have a chance of reaching the finals–but all want to avoid finishing bottom of the group when it ends in October.


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