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Armenia Armenia vs Bulgaria Bulgaria

Armenia 2

A Ozbiliz (45)
Y Movsisyan (87)

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Bulgaria 1

N Bodurov (S/O 44)
I Popov (61)
S Dyakov (S/O 63)

World Cup qualifiers: Armenia boosted their hopes in Group B by beating Bulgaria 2-1

Last Updated: 11/10/13 7:43pm

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Ivelin Popov: Goal not enough for Bulgaria

Ivelin Popov: Goal not enough for Bulgaria

Armenia boosted their hopes of clinching second place in World Cup qualifying Group B with a dramatic 2-1 victory over nine-man Bulgaria in Yerevan - denting their opponents' ambitions in the process.

The hosts took the lead just before half-time, Aras Ozbiliz despatching a free-kick into the top corner after Bulgaria defender Nikolay Bodurov had been sent off for a foul on Ozbiliz.

Ivelin Popov got Bulgaria back on level terms with a free-kick of his own just after the hour mark, but the visitors' cause was hindered by the dismissal of midfielder Svetoslav Dyakov moments later and Yura Movsisyan pressed home Armenia's numerical advantage by netting an 87th-minute winner.

The result lifted Armenia to within one point of Bulgaria as the battle to finish runner-up behind pool winners Italy intensified ahead of the final round of matches.

Visiting goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov produced a brilliant save in the 19th minute to keep out Ozbiliz's curling right-footed shot.

The Bulgarians were being restricted to harmless long-range efforts until finally working in Roman Berezovsky 10 minutes before the interval, the Armenia goalkeeper saving Ivelin Popov's left-footed drive with his feet.

But, when the deadlock was broken in the 44th minute, it was the hosts who were celebrating. Bodurov was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Ozbiliz, who swiftly recovered and sent the resulting left-footed free-kick into the top-right corner.

Stoyanov was called upon on 52 minutes to pull off the first noteworthy save of the second half, parrying Artur Sarkisov's 12-yard attempt.

Berezovsky again saved with his feet from Stanislav Manolev's shot nine minutes into the second period, but five minutes later the Armenia goalkeeper was beaten.

Georgi Milanov was fouled by Karlen Mkrtchyan, and Popov stepped up to strike the free-kick into the top-left corner from 25 yards.

Dyakov became the second Bulgaria player to be dismissed just after the hour when he saw red for a second bookable offence following a foul on Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The hosts made their two-man advantage tell three minutes from time, Mkrtchyan providing the assist for Yura Movsisyan to lift the winner over Stoyanov from 12 yards.

It could even have been 3-1, but Stoyanov showed fine reflexes to keep out a stoppage-time drive from Gevorg Ghazaryan.

Armenia complete their group campaign in Naples against Italy on Tuesday, while Bulgaria take on Czech Republic in Sofia.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4