DUBLIN, Ireland (The Armenian Weekly)—Armenia’s glorious and unprecedented march toward the Euro 2012 was brought to a halt in Dublin, as Ireland defeated the Armenian soccer team 2-1.
In the 26th minute, the Armenian team found itself outnumbered on the field as Berezovski was shown the red card.
In the 43rd minute, Valery Aleksanyan scored an own goal, giving Ireland the lead.
The first half ended 1-0 for Ireland.
In the second half, Ireland scored a goal early on (59th minute) and put the hosts 2 goals ahead.
At this point, the odds were overwhelmingly stacked against Armenia. Facing the Irish on their home turf, with only 10 players, and needing three goals to qualify.
In the 62nd minute, Henrik Mkhitaryan scored a goal for Armenia.
In the 86th minute, Doyle (Republic of Ireland) received a second yellow card and was dismissed.
The Armenian soccer team came to Dublin with high spirits, having won their last 3 matches by scoring 11 goals and receiving only one.
Armenia needed to win the game to take second place behind Russia in Group B and set itself up for another playoff for Euro 2012, while all Ireland needed was to hold the Armenian side to a draw.