Pav hat-trick sees off Armenia
Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a hat-trick as Russia hit back from 1-0 down
to beat Armenia and pile the pressure on their rivals in Euro 2012 qualifying
Russia defeats Armenia 3-1 in St.Petersburg / en.rian.ru
Dick Advocaat's men started the day level on 10 points with the Republic
of Ireland and Slovakia but temporarily moved three points ahead after
a result which was more convincing than the performance.
Marcos Pizzelli put the visitors ahead after 25 minutes before Pavlyuchenko
took centre stage, the Tottenham striker equalising almost immediately
before making it 2-1 on the hour mark and then adding another with a 73rd-minute
Later, the Republic visit FYR Macedonia with Slovakia hosting Andorra.
Russia piled on the pressure straight from the kick-off, forcing three
corners inside the opening two minutes with Pavlyuchenko then firing in
a shot which drew a fine save from visiting goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky.
Armenia finally settled and Russia defender Sergei Ignashevich had to
make a vital block to prevent Yura Movsisyan from giving the visitors
the lead after 10 minutes.
Russia swiftly reasserted their authority though with Pavlyuchenko and
Aleksandr Anyukov putting shots off target before Berezovsky made a fine
save to deny Yury Zhirkov.
Having absorbed the pressure, Armenia promptly went up the other end and
took the lead.
Movsisyan led a break down the left before picking out Pizzelli with a
cross-field pass. Pizzelli hit it first time with his shot trickling past
the advancing Igor Akinfeev and the despairing attempts of Ignashevich
who had scrambled back.
The lead lasted just over a minute as Anyukov crossed for Pavlyuchenko
and he volleyed home with the assistant referee confirming the ball had
crossed the line before Berezovsky could palm it clear.
Armenia came close to restoring their lead before half-time with Akinfeev
having to make saves from Gevorg Ghazaryan, Pizzelli and Karlen Mkrtchyan.
Russia were far more assertive after the break and went ahead for the
first time after 59 minutes, Igor Semshov providing Pavlyuchenko with
the chance to convert from close range.
Movsisyan headed over at the other end four minutes later while Akinfeev
had to make a fine save from Robert Arzumanyan to preserve the hosts'
Russia effectively settled the points 18 minutes form time when Sargis
Hovsepyan was adjudged to have fouled Zhirkov inside the area and Pavlyuchenko
completed his treble by slotting home the spot-kick.
June 4, 2011
Russia - Armenia - 3:1
June 4, 2011
Euro 2012 qualifier. Group B
Moscow. Luzhniki Stadium
Referee: Stephane Lannoy (France).
Russia: Roman Pavlyuchenko (26'), Roman Pavlyuchenko (59'), Roman Pavlyuchenko
Armenia: Marcos Pinheiro Pizelli (25').
Russia: 1 Igor Akinfeev 4 Sergei Ignashevich 3 Vasili Berezutsky 2 Aleksandr
Aniukov 5 Yuri Zhirkov 8 Konstatin Zurianov 6 Igor Semshov 11 Dmitri Torbinsky
7 Igor Denisov 10 Andrei Arshavin 9 Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Coach: Dick Advocaat.
Armenia: 1 Roman Berezovsky 4 Sargis Hovsepyan 5 Robert Arzumanyan 15
Grayr Mkoyan 2 Levon Hayrapetyan 19 Levon Pachajyan 6 Karlen Mkrtchain
14 Yura Movsisyan 18 Henrikh Mkhitarian 10 Gevorg Ghazarian Marcos Pinheiro
Coach: Vardan Minasyan.
Russia: Dennis Glushakov for Igor Semshov (69), Renat Yanbaev for Aleksandr
Aniukov (74), Alan Dzagoev for Konstatin Zurianov (81).
Armenia: Edgar Manucharyan for Levon Pachajyan (57), Artur Edigaryan for
Marcos Pinheiro Pizelli (67).
Russia: Sergei Ignashevich (37), Vasili Berezutsky (90).
Armenia: Yura Movsisyan (21), Levon Pachajyan (55), Artur Edigaryan (71),
Robert Arzumanyan (76), Grayr Mkoyan (87).