The Republic of Ireland continued its disastrous form in the tournament as Armenia produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Nations League. Eduard Spertsyan scored the only goal of the game for the hosts in the 74th minute. It was sweet revenge for their controversial win in a qualifier for Euro 2012. The visitors have failed to register a victory in 11 games since the tournament was organized.
Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny: “Obviously we lost the game, a tight game really overall. It’s not a game that we deserved to lose, you couldn’t say that on the balance of play or the balance of chances, but we’ve lost it and we’ve only got ourselves to blame, so we are disappointed,” he added. “I felt the last 20-25 minutes of the first half, we were really in control, but we didn’t start the second half like that at all. I was disappointed that we didn’t start the second half like we ended the first. We seemed to be susceptible to counter-attacks and we found it difficult to break them down. We created some good chances but we didn’t take them, some half-chances, but they didn’t really have any chances bar the offside goal, so it was disappointing overall.”
Armenia coach Joaquin Caparros: “I am very pleased with the way we played in the second half. I have to praise my players because it’s a very good result for our team. In the first half, they had a lot of possession of the ball but they didn’t have any opportunities apart from the very end, the header which went wide. We got more confidence and had more possession. We worked really hard and earned our luck with the goal. It’s one of the greatest victories of the Armenian football team because Ireland is a very good team.”
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