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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Karlen Mkrtchyan. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
Inswinging corner taken by Edgar Manucharyan, clearance by Glenn Whelan.
Glenn Whelan concedes a free kick for a foul on Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Glenn Whelan receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Edgar Manucharyan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Shay Given makes a save.
Edgar Manucharyan takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Davit Manoyan concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Keogh joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robbie Keane.
Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Ararat Arakelian. Direct free kick taken by Robert Arzumanyan.
Levon Pachajyan takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Edgar Manucharyan from the right by-line, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
Liam Lawrence decides to take the corner short.
Edgar Manucharyan replaces Edgar Malakyan. Levon Pachajyan takes a corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Green on Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Yura Movsisyan, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Keith Fahey fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Armenia 0-1 Rep of Ireland.
Davit Manoyan takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Levon Pachajyan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Richard Dunne.
Inswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, save made by Roman Berezovsky.
Artak Grigorian goes off and Hovhannes Hambardzumyan comes on.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Roman Berezovsky makes a save.
Levon Pachajyan takes a shot. Keith Fahey gets a block in.
Edgar Malakyan takes a inswinging corner.
Keith Fahey on for Aiden McGeady.
Davit Manoyan is brought on as a substitute for Artur Edigaryan.
Corner taken by Levon Pachajyan, Effort from deep inside the area by Karlen Mkrtchyan misses to the right of the goal.
Levon Pachajyan crosses the ball.
Shot by Robbie Keane from deep inside the penalty box bounces off the post.
Unfair challenge on Liam Lawrence by Artak Grigorian results in a free kick. The referee books Artak Grigorian for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence, save by Roman Berezovsky.
Liam Lawrence has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Unfair challenge on Ararat Arakelian by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Robert Arzumanyan restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Robbie Keane. Robert Arzumanyan takes the indirect free kick.
Yura Movsisyan takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Edgar Malakyan, Sean St. Ledger manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Artak Grigorian on Liam Lawrence. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by Ararat Arakelian.
Long range shot by Artur Edigaryan goes over the bar.
Artak Grigorian fouled by Liam Lawrence, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Artak Grigorian.
Robert Arzumanyan concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Keane. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Kilbane.
Inswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, Roman Berezovsky makes a save.
Effort from a long way out by Liam Lawrence goes wide right of the target.
Edgar Malakyan challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aiden McGeady takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Doyle challenges Robert Arzumanyan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Arzumanyan restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Edgar Malakyan from the right by-line.
Shot from just outside the box by Glenn Whelan misses to the left of the target.
Paul Green takes a shot. Karlen Mkrtchyan gets a block in.
Shot by Yura Movsisyan from outside the box goes over the target.
Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Arzumanyan. Direct free kick taken by Roman Berezovsky.
Kevin Kilbane delivers the ball, Ararat Arakelian manages to make a clearance.
Edgar Malakyan takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Green on Karlen Mkrtchyan. Free kick taken by Karlen Mkrtchyan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ararat Arakelian by Kevin Doyle. Ararat Arakelian takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Robbie Keane. Roman Berezovsky restarts play with the free kick.
Ararat Arakelian concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Edgar Malakyan from the right by-line played to the near post, Kevin Kilbane makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Levon Pachajyan by Aiden McGeady results in a free kick. Edgar Malakyan produces a cross, Effort on goal by Yura Movsisyan from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Effort from the edge of the area by Aiden McGeady goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Shot by Karlen Mkrtchyan from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Robert Arzumanyan results in a free kick. Glenn Whelan shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Roman Berezovsky.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Karlen Mkrtchyan on Liam Lawrence. Liam Lawrence crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Ararat Arakelian manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Aiden McGeady, Sean St. Ledger takes a shot. Save made by Roman Berezovsky.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Artak Grigorian on Liam Lawrence. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence, save by Roman Berezovsky.
Foul by Ararat Arakelian on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by John O'Shea, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ararat Arakelian by Kevin Kilbane. Free kick taken by Sargis Hovsepyan.
Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Arzumanyan. Free kick taken by Robert Arzumanyan.
Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, clearance by Artur Edigaryan.
Sargis Hovsepyan takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.
Levon Pachajyan takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Edgar Malakyan challenges Liam Lawrence unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Liam Lawrence, Robert Arzumanyan makes a clearance.
Karlen Mkrtchyan takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Foul by John O'Shea on Yura Movsisyan, free kick awarded. Artur Edigaryan restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Green concedes a free kick for a foul on Karlen Mkrtchyan. Robert Arzumanyan takes the free kick.
Yura Movsisyan takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
Aiden McGeady fouled by Karlen Mkrtchyan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence, save made by Roman Berezovsky.
Robbie Keane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Arzumanyan. Roman Berezovsky takes the free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Robbie Keane misses to the right of the target.
Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karlen Mkrtchyan. Direct free kick taken by Karlen Mkrtchyan.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, clearance made by Robert Arzumanyan.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.
The match begins.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee gets the second half started.
The match has reached full-time.
Republic hopeful over Keane and Dunne Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane and experienced defender Richard Dunne are both expected to be fit for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Armenia.
Keane is battling a knee problem while Dunne has missed several days' training this week with a muscle injury. However, both were expected to take part in the session at the Yerevan Republican Stadium this evening and be available for the game. Dunne will line up in a back four alongside Sean St Ledger with John O'Shea and Kevin Kilbane as the full-backs, while the midfield will comprise Liam Lawrence, Paul Green, Glenn Whelan and Aiden McGeady.
Keane, who will win his 101st senior international cap, will partner Kevin Doyle in attack. Boss Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping captain Keane's lack of football at Tottenham so far this season will work in his country's favour. Indeed, Trapattoni is keeping his fingers crossed that Keane's lack of recent activity will mean he is fresher than ever.
The Italian said: "Robbie is mature. I have spoken to him about whether he should stay with his club, and I said to him, 'Sure, your club need you'. "He is balanced in his mind about football because he knows from many years in England, he knows the situation. "But I am selfish and at the moment. For Ireland team, it is better he has played a few games. "He is proud and I'm sure he can play like the Robbie Keane we know."
Armenia coach Vardan Minasyan has installed the Republic of Ireland as one of the favourites to emerge from Group B. However, the 36-year-old is determined to do everything within his powers to dent their challenge.
Minasyan freely admits his own side are currently at the development stage with several of the players in his likely 18 members of the Under-21 squad which defeated Ireland home and away during the current qualification tournament at that level. But while he expects Russia and Ireland to be the big guns in the group, he is confident Armenia will play their part. He said: "This is a strong group, but the favourites are Russia and Ireland.
"Slovakia and Macedonia are also strong teams, but I think Russia and Ireland will finish above them. "But every team goes out onto the pitch to win. Of course, we understand that Ireland are a strong team, but we will try to stop them. "I have seen the last two matches and they are very strong, very aggressive.
They are a very good team and I saw that especially in the second half against Argentina. "But every team has its strengths and weaknesses and we will try to win. A win would give us a lot of confidence. "But of course, a draw would be a good result too."
Armenia lost 3-1 to neighbouring Iran in a home friendly last month and Minasyan is realistic about their prospects in this campaign. He said: "Our team is new and we must play together to become stronger and stronger. "Of course, we expect results, but it's too early to talk about that at this stage. "I hope this team will grow stronger."
Fahey secures vital win for Ireland
Keith Fahey came off the bench to launch the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Armenia.
The Birmingham midfielder struck his first senior international goal after 76 minutes to edge the Irish past Vardan Minasyan's men at the sweltering Yerevan Republican Stadium.
No-one will have been more delighted than captain Robbie Keane, who passed up a glorious early chance, had a goal ruled out for offside and then hit the post on a night when things did not go for him in the final third.
However, there was as much relief as pleasure as he and his team-mates left the pitch having been put to the test by their hosts.
Armenia gave as good as they got and although goalkeeper Shay Given had few saves to make which genuinely taxed him, the home side were quick, direct and technically gifted and were certainly no push-over.
Indeed, in playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, they had arguably the best player on the pitch, and the Republic will hope Armenia can take points from some of their rivals when they visit the Yerevan Republican Stadium.
The win sends Ireland into Tuesday's home clash with Group B minnows Andorra knowing a perfect start would set them up very nicely for what lies ahead.
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni admitted at his pre-match press conference in Yerevan that he would happily settle for a 1-0 win from what he promised would be a tricky fixture, and if anyone doubted his voracity, they were soon disabused of the notion.
Armenia, who have beaten both Poland and Belgium in their capital city in recent years, were far from over-awed by the task with which they were presented, and with the impressive Mkhitaryan, Shakhtar Donetsk's recent #5.8million acquisition, pulling the strings behind lone striker Yura Movsisyan, they made life intensely difficult for the visitors.
Mkhitaryan treated Derby midfielder Paul Green to a torrid welcome to competitive international football, while wide men Edgar Malakyan and Levon Pachajyan kept full-backs John O'Shea and Kevin Kilbane on the toes throughout the opening 45 minutes.
For all that, the Republic could have gone in at the break comfortably in front.
Keane might have put them ahead within eight minutes, but volleyed agonisingly wide from Kevin Doyle's flick-on with just goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky to beat, and he thought he had done so 10 minutes before the break when he shot home from Glenn Whelan's free-kick, only for an offside flag to ruin his celebrations.
However, perhaps the best chance fell to central defender Sean St Ledger, whose powerful 22nd-minute header from an Aiden McGeady corner was palmed away by Berezovsky.
Given had to save from Karlen Mkrtchyan and Pachajyan in quick succession, and he was grateful to see Movsisyan volley over 14 minutes before the break.
Trapattoni sent his side back into battle knowing they were in a game, and they were almost caught out within five minutes when Movsisyan combined well with full-back Artak Erdigaryan, but then overhit his through-ball to the supporting Mkhitaryan.
Mkhitaryan forced another save from Given and Mkrtchyan hooked just wide with Armenia sensing a genuine opportunity, and there was an anxious moment for the Ireland goalkeeper when defender Richard Dunne's headed clearance looped just over his own crossbar
But as the home side forged forward in search of the opening goal, they left space at the back and Doyle almost exploited that 19 minutes from time with a powerful drive which Berezovsky had to palm away.
In the meantime, Trapattoni had replaced McGeady with Fahey, and it was he who finally put the visitors in front with 14 minutes remaining.
Armenia could not clear their lines as Keane and then Doyle made nuisances of themselves, and when the ball broke to the Birmingham midfielder, he smashed it past Berezovsky to snatch victory.
In a tense finish to the game, the home side penned Ireland back inside their own half, but stout defence won the day as Trapattoni's men once again ensured that one goal was enough.
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