YEREVAN — Armenia staged a dramatic comeback to earn their first victory in World Cup 2018 qualifying.

Trailing 2-0 against Montenegro at half-time, Armenia fought back and scored a sensational winner in the 94th minute.

Having not won any of their last 12 competitive matches, since October 2013, Armenia looked set for another defeat as goals from Damir Kojasevic and former Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic gave Montenegro a commanding lead.

With Armenia stuck at the bottom of Group E with no points from their opening three matches, the match looked beyond Artur Petrosyan’s side.

However, captained by Manchester United midfielder Mkhitaryan, Armenia pulled a goal back five minutes after the restart as Artak Grigoryan struck following a lung-busting run from the halfway line after goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic had saved his initial shot.

Armenia then equalized with 16 minutes to go, Varazdat Haroyan netting his first international goal, finding himself in acres of space to slot the ball home from a corner.

The spirited comeback was completed deep into injury time as Gevorg Ghazaryan struck a fierce drive into the bottom corner to spark wild scenes.

Victory saw Armenia move above Kazhakstan into fifth four points behind Montenegro who remain top with seven points.

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Armenia's Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) and Montenegro's Stefan Savic vie for the ball during the WC 2018 football qualification match between Armenia and Montenegro in Yerevan on November 11, 2016.  / AFP / Karen MINASYAN        (Photo credit should read KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

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