Republic beat Armenia in five-goal thriller
The Republic of Ireland survived a huge scare as they recovered from squandering a two-goal lead to beat nine-man Armenia in a chaotic Nations League match in Dublin.
Robbie Brady’s stoppage-time penalty won the game for the Republic after a rampant second half in which Armenia scored twice in the space of three minutes and had two players sent off.
John Egan and Michael Obafemi had lifted the Republic twice before Armenia fought back from nowhere through Artak Dashyan and Eduard Spertsyan.
However, when the referee ruled that Dashyan had handled Dara O’Shea’s kick after reviewing the incident on the pitch monitor, Brady had the chance to win the game on his first international start in 18 months.
Dashyan and Hovhannes Hambartsumyan were sent off as Armenia reacted furiously to the penalty.
The Republic of Ireland would have been relegated to League C had they lost, but Armenia went down with the Dublin defeat.
More to follow.
R. of Ireland
- 6MolumbyBooked at 29 minutesReplaced byHourihaneat 52′minutes
- 17gentlemanReplaced byBrowneat 76′minutes
- 9ObafemiReplaced byHoganat 86′minutes
- 10ParrottReplaced byRobinsonat 76′minutes
- 19HambardzumyanBooked at 89 minutes
- 15MkoyanReplaced byVoskanyanat 60′minutes
- 2CalisirReplaced byMuradyanat 83′minutes
- 17MonroeReplaced byDashyanat 60′minutesBooked 90 minutes
- 7BayramyanBooked 65 minutes away
- 11BarseghyanReplaced byShaghoyanat 82′minutes
- 10ZelarayánReplaced byBitxakhchyanat 69′minutes
End of match, Republic of Ireland 3, Armenia 2.
Second half ends, Republic of Ireland 3, Armenia 2.
failed attempt Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Robinson.
Foul by Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland).
Eduard Spertsyan (Armenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Hand of Karen Muradyan (Armenia).
Goal! Republic of Ireland 3, Armenia 2. Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) converts the penalty with a low left footed shot to the left post.
Second yellow card to Artak Dashyan (Armenia) for handball.
Hovhannes Hambardzumyan (Armenia) has been shown a red card.
Hovhannes Hambardzumyan (Armenia) has been shown a yellow card.
VAR decision: Penalty to the Republic of Ireland.
Penalty awarded to Artak Dashyan (Armenia) with one hand in the box.
Attempt blocked. Dara O’Shea (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
failed attempt John Egan (Republic of Ireland) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross into the box following a corner kick.
Replacement, Republic of Ireland. Scott Hogan replaces Michael Obafemi.
Corner, Republic of Ireland. Corner taken by Eduard Spertsyan.
Michael Obafemi (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Varazdat Haroyan (Armenia).
failed attempt Attempt missed. Khoren Bayramyan (Armenia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Change, Armenia. Karen Muradyan replaces André Calisir