fives" for four goals..
Armenia's last football match of EURO-2004 qualifying,
ended in a shutout by Spain, 0-4 at Vazgen Sargsyan
Stadium last Friday evening.
The match hardly mattered for qualifying, as
previous loses had already eliminated the national
team from EURO participation next year in Portugal.
Spain, one of the world's top teams, needed only
seven minutes for Juan Valeron to score the only
goal his side would need to put away the Armenians.
The host team gathered itself after the quick
goal however and held on, led by brilliant play
by keeper Roman Berezovsky, facing such international
stars as Raul Gonzalez and his mates.
The Armenians stymied the Spaniards' attacks
for 69 minutes, until Raul scored, after which
the Armenian team collapsed into a "nothing
to lose" attitude that gave up goals at 87
and 90 minutes, both by Reyes Calderon.
Despite their victory in Yerevan, Spain has not
yet secured its place in EURO 2004. It must face
Norway in two-game playoff next month.