PRAGUE — Gevorg Ghazaryan scored an added-time winner to earn Armenia an eye-catching victory against the Czech Republic in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B.

Buoyed by their 4-0 dismantling of Denmark last time out, the visitors continued that momentum by taking a 31st-minute lead courtesy of Karlen Mkrtchyan. Michal Bílek’s Czech team were in need of a fillip and Tomáš Rosický provided it by equalising 20 minutes from time. More drama was to come, though, as Ghazaryan struck in the final seconds to move Armenia level with their third-placed opponents on nine points.

Those bare facts only tell half the story of an intriguing contest that burst into life when Michael Rabušic sent the ball centimetres past a post. Armenia swiftly wrestled back the initiative, Mkrtchyan emerging from midfield and unleashing a 25-metre left-foot drive that flew past Petr Čech.

The home team continued to probe after the break and finally broke through when captain Rosický found the net with a venomous long-range effort. Tomáš Sivok, Theodor Gebre Selassie and Michal Kadlec all squandered decent openings and were made to rue their profligacy as Jura Movsisyan swept downfield and supplied Ghazaryan, whose firm shot squirmed beyond Čech. The Czech Republic must now pick themselves up for their trip to Italy on Tuesday, when Armenia host Denmark.

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  1. It is very obvious that EU reporters are not fair and always have some false claims in their reports, and this time it was for Czech’s only goal.
    The Armenian Reserve Golly was in perfect position behind the ball where the beautiful shot of Czech Captain was aimed AT, and the reporter is right that Captains shot “found the net” but after 2 lucky bounces,first from Armenian defender’s knee and and then from horizontal bar of the goal, about 2 inches inside the goal line, therefore as much as it was exciting, it was equally lucky for the Czechs.
    But seems someone was watching from the above, because Armenians also got their share of the lucky bounces; when the last and winning shot of Armenians; was blocked by the Czech Golly, the ball bounced towards the head of the same Armenian player; and he by holding his head high as a wall,it bounced from his head inside the Goalllllllllllllllll :-), with exact distance of Czech’s goal!

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