Sports: Mkhitaryan: ‘Armenia didn’t take chances’

Football Italia
Sept 5 2019
Mkhitaryan: 'Armenia didn't take chances'

Henrikh Mkhitaryan felt Armenia “had the chances to score and didn’t” in their 3-1 defeat to Italy, even after going a man down.

The hosts had taken the lead in Yerevan just 11 minutes into this Euro 2020 qualifier, but after Andrea Belotti’s equaliser, Aleksandre Karapetyan was harshly sent off for a second yellow card.

“I think we were 1-1 and a man down, we had two or three chances to score and didn’t,” the new Roma signing told Rai Sport.

“Italy are a strong team, we all know that, and we fought to the end, but eventually lost 3-1.”

Mkhitaryan was asked if the red card had been excessive for jumping with elbow raised on Leonardo Bonucci, but remained diplomatic.

“I didn’t see the incident, maybe it was a red card, maybe not. They were both trying to win the ball, I don’t know if he led with the elbow or not, so I cannot judge.”

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