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 July 25 , 2003 

Sports: Draw in Iceland advances Pyunic to UEFA second round

Goal scorer Aghvan Mkrtchyan in action in Reykjavik.

Pyunic Football Club entered the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League after a 1-1 draw against KR Reykjavík Wednesday at Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Reykjavik.

The Armenians entered the match with a slim lead over their Icelandic opponents, following Puynic's 1-0 at-home victory the week before. Reykjavik needed at least a two-goal victory to overtake Pyunic in qualifying.

Despite its advantage, Pyunic did not retreat to defense, forming several attacks on goal. One finally paid off at minute 72, off a shot by Aghvan Mkrtchyan.

The home team equalized at minute 80 on a penalty shot by Bjarki Gunnlaugsson.

The aggregate 2-1 allowed Pyunic to repeat last year's success when they entered the second round with a 6-0 aggregate victory over Finland's Tampere United. (Pyunic was ousted from UEFA qualifying by Dinamo Kiev).

Pyunic's second-round rival will be PFC CSKA Sofia in next Wednesday's match in Yerevan.



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