Football: Armenia’s Ararat Yerevan defeats Fresno Fuego – Video

A crowd of more than 3,000 fans braved a chilly Thursday night at Chukchansi Park to watch the Fresno Fuego host popular Armenian club Ararat Yerevan FC, Fresno Bee reports.

Ararat won the preseason friendly 1-0, pleasing a pro-Ararat crowd that waved dozens of Armenian flags, large and small.

Davit Hovsepyan scored in the 42nd minute, smashing home a cross from Oumarou Kaina.

Things got chippy just a few minutes later as the Fuego’s Alvaro Nogales and Ararat’s Gorik Khachatryan got into an altercation during a corner kick. Both received yellow cards.

Nogales and Khachatryan continued battling for position ahead of the corner, with Khachatryan sent off after receiving a second yellow.

Ararat played the rest of the way with 10 players, but held on for the shutout behind a clean sheet for goalkeeper Gevorg Prazyan in front of 3,137.

The Fuego continue their preseason Wednesday, hosting the defending North American Soccer League champion New York Cosmos.

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