Levon Satamian | June 9th, 2019
The UEFA Euro Qualifiers are in full swing, and Armenia is looking to make history.
Armenia defeated Liechtenstein 3-0 in Armenia yesterday. This was a big win for Armenia, as they moved up in the standings. They still have a lot of work to do, in order to qualify, but, they can take an even bigger step with a win against Greece on Tuesday.
Armenia is currently fifth place in Group J. They lost to Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, followed by a 2-0 loss to Finland in Armenia. They had a great bounce-back win against Liechtenstein 3-0, in Armenia, which helped them get three points in the group, and move up in the standings. This win evened up their goal for/goal against differential to four apiece, which could be significant if they go into a tiebreaker.
Group J features Armenia, Italy, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, and Liechtenstein. Italy is currently atop the group with nine points, and they will likely remain atop the group for the rest of the Euro Qualifiers. The second spot is up for grabs. Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, and Finland all have a good chance of advancing by clinching the second spot.
Armenia will play in Greece on Tuesday, which could be a make or break for Armenia already, and an important game for Greece as well. Armenia is just one point behind Greece and Bosnia, and Herzegovina for third place in Group J. Armenia needs to do everything possible in order to win in Greece on Tuesday, with Bosnia and Herzegovina matched up against Italy, this is the time for Armenia to strike.
Arsenal midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is due for a big performance, and I’m expecting that from the star midfielder on Tuesday. Mkhitaryan will face off against his premier league teammate, Sokratis Papastathopoulos. These two players are good friends and have mad respect for each other; this will be a fun match up.
However, the rest of the players need to step up, and help Mkhitaryan on Tuesday, in order to have a chance in Greece. Yesterday, we saw Gevorg Ghazaryan scoring in the first two minutes of the game, followed by Alexander Karapetyan in the eighteenth minute of the game, and the game was capped off with a goal by Tigran Barseghyan in the ninety-first minute of play. This was a team effort, and that’s why Armenia was able to win 3-0. They are going to need the same energy and mentality on Tuesday to win in Greece, and move up the rankings in Group J.
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