Soccer: Armenia beats Turkmenistan 1-0 in a friendly

Associated Press Worldstream
April 28, 2004 Wednesday

Armenia beats Turkmenistan 1-0 in a friendly

YEREVAN, Armenia

Ara Hakopian scored the only goal Wednesday as Armenia beat
Turkmenistan 1-0 in an international friendly.

The striker scored in the 67th minute off a cross from midfielder
Romik Khachatrian, who broke down the right flank and dribbled past
two defenders to send a cross into the box.

Armenia dominated the first half and but failed to make it through
the visitors’ tough defense. Hakopian hit the post twice within six
minutes early in the first half and Galust Petrosian wasted another
clear opportunity, firing over the crossbar from close range in the

Turkmenistan had only one attempt on goal five minutes before the
interval, but the visitors did manage several counterattacks despite
not finding the net.

The match was originally set for Aug. 20, 2003, but the Turkmen side
did not show up, instead sending a letter of apology to the Armenian
soccer federation.


Armenia: Roman Berezovski (Armen Ambartsumian, 46th); Yeghishe
Melikian, Aleksandr Tatevosian, Sargis Hovsepian, Harutyun Vardanian,
Romik Khachatrian, Artur Petrosian (Artavazd Karamian, 10th), Rafael
Nazarian, Albert Sargsian (Barsegh Kirakosian, 78th), Ara Hakopian
(Levon Pashaian, 72nd), Galust Petrosian.

Turkmenistan: Bayramniyaz Berdiev; Arsen Bagdasaryan, Kamil Mingazow,
Guwanch Rejepow, Alik Haydarov, Nazar Bayramov (Artem Nazarov, 85th),
Kurbangeldi Durdiyev (Vyacheslav Sudarev, 90th), Begenchmuhammed
Kuliyev, Rustam Saparov, Dayanchegylych Urazov (Yevgeny Zemskov,
78th), Vladimir Bayramov.