Armenia vs Montenegro – Match Report

Armenia vs Montenegro – Match Report

  • Stevan Jovetić continues on to build on goal scoring record.
  • Gharzayan scores a famous winner for his country.
  • Armenia record their first victory in the qualification campaign.

Armenia came from behind to overcome a 2-0 deficit to record their first win in the World Cup qualification campaign.

Armenia vs Montenegro 3-2

Goals: 0-1 Kojašević (36’) 0-2 Jovetić (38’) 1-2 Gregoryan (50’) 2-2 Haroyan (76’) 3-2 Gharzayan (90’)

Both teams began the match with caution. Inter Milan forward Stevan Jovetić had the first chance of the game but failed to capitalize to open the scoring for Montenegro. Just before halftime Marko Vešović had a shot from 24 yards deflected, and with Armenia’s goalkeeper Arsen Beglaryan spilling the ball Damir Kojašević had an easy opening to score his first goal for his country, shortly after Jovetić broke away to double the score. Just before halftime Mladen Brožović mishandled a long-range effort by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Armenia’s forward Ruslan Koryan, however, failed to capitalize on the chance.

Armenia halved the deficit in the first five minutes of the second half, as Artak Grigoryan broke away from Montenegro’s defence to record his first international goal. With twenty minutes to go Henrikh Mkhitaryan had the chance to equalize, but Božović tipped his freekick over the bar. Armenia would eventually find a goal, however, as Varazdat Haroyan got at the end of a corner kick to score with a close range effort to set up a fascinating finale in which both sides had chances to secure a victory, and it would be Gevorg Gharzayan, who became the hero of the night when he scored a famous winner for Armenia.

The two sides respective superstars Mkhitaryan, and Jovetić dominated the match. Jovetić dictated the first half, and was instrumental in both goals for his country. Mkhitaryan meanwhile had several chances to score but was left off the score sheet.

Man of the Match

Stevan Jovetić was the man of the match, as the Inter Milan forward was by far the best player on the field in the first half.

Armenia vs Montenegro – Talking Point

Armenia finally secure their first victory in the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, and with the three points preserve a small chance to qualify for the tournament.

Armenia vs Montenegro – Match Stats

  • Armenia have won their first qualification match in three years.
  • Montenegro lost their first 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.
  • Jovetić has now scored 19 goals in 44 games for his country.


Beglaryan – Hayrapetyan, Haroyan, Mkoyan, Voskanyan – Malakyan, Grigoryan – Mkhitaryan, Pizzelli (Hovhannisyan 81’), Ghazaryan – Koryan (Sarkisov 60’)

Coach: Artur Petrosyan

Božović – Marušić, Savić, Baša, Stojković – Vešović (Mugosa 86’), Šćekić, Vukčevič (Zverotić 63’), Kojašević (Jovović) – Jovetić – Bečiraj

Coach: Mirko Vučinić

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