UEFA Euro qualifying: Albania 2-1 Armenia

Ten-men Armenia lost 2:1 to Albania in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier.

Having taken an early lead, Armenia defended with considerable composure until the dismissal of Hovhannes Hambartsumyan for a second bookable offence with 20 minutes to go.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan helped Armenia get off to a great start, powering his way into the area, and squaring for Yura Movsisyan, with the ball being scuffed across goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and into the net, with a touch from Mavraj on the way.

Sokol Çikalleshi contrived to hit the post at both ends as Albania poured forward in search of an equaliser, but Armenia’s rearguard efforts were to come to nothing following Hambartsumyan’s red card.

The red card proved to be a turning point as Mërgim Mavraj and Shkelzen Gashi headed the home side to victory in Group I.

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