Armenia picked up their third win in Euro 2012 qualifying after easing past
Group B's bottom side Andorra.
Marcos Pizzelli gave the visitors the lead 10 minutes before half-time at the
Estadi Comunal in Andorra la Vella and Gevorg Ghazaryan doubled their advantage
in the 57th minute.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed the scoring with a stoppage-time penalty at the
end of the game after Andorra defender Ildefons Lima was sent off in conceding
The result lifts fourth-placed Armenia onto 11 points but is not enough to gain
them any places in the standings, while Andorra remain rooted to the foot of the
table with no points from their seven games.
Armenia had already seen Ghazaryan fire an effort wide from the edge of the
area and an Artur Sarkisov shot tipped around the post by Andorra goalkeeper
Jose Antonio Gomez by the time they went ahead through Pizzelli.
The Metalurg Donetsk forward found the top right-hand corner of the net from
outside the box to record his third goal in qualifying.
That was the only strike separating the sides at the break, but Armenia started
the second period looking determined to put further distance between themselves
and their hosts.
Sarkisov and Edgar Manucharyan both tried their luck from outside the area
without hitting the target before Pizzelli, in the 54th minute, brought a
brilliant parry out of Gomez.
Gomez then easily dealt with visiting captain Sargis Hovsepyan's 65th-minute
shot before the home custodian produced another fine stop to keep out
Ghazaryan's drilled right-footer five minutes later.
Gomez could not continue keeping the Armenia attack at bay, though, and the
visitors doubled their advantage when Ghazaryan fired in from close range.
Armenia added a third goal late on when Mkhitaryan slotted home from the
penalty spot after Lima had brought down Karlen Mkrtchyan - a foul that saw the
Andorra skipper shown a straight red card.