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 September 12, 2003 

Sports: National football team falls, accuse Greeks of foul play

After Armenia's 0-1 loss Federation president Ruben Hayrapetyan accused the Greeks of offering to buy the win for $1 million.

After a 0-1 defeat by the Greek National Football Team, Armenia lost even its theoretical chance for entering EURO 2004th final stage next summer in Portugal.

The only goal came in minute 36 by Zisis Vryzas.

Post-game events were more exciting when the Football Federation of Armenia stated that it had been offered $1 million to lose the match. The Football Federation of Greece rejected the accusation and sent an official complaint to UEFA.

Special inspectors of UEFA are now investigating the incident.

Five days later (Wednesday), the Armenian side, with nothing to gain or lose toward EURO 2004, played a solid match in defeating Northern Ireland 1-0 at Windsor Park in Belfast.

Artavazd Karamyan scored in the 27th minute.

Armenia's final match in EURO 2004 qualifying will take place October 11 against Spain at Republican Stadium in Yerevan. Armenia is currently in fourth position (out of five) with 7 points in Group Six qualifying.





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