The Republic of Eire’s Nations League marketing campaign started in deeply disappointing vogue as they fell to a shock defeat by Armenia in Yerevan.
Eduard Spertsyan scored the one objective, beating Republic keeper Caoimhin Kelleher with a rasping drive from distance 16 minutes from time.
Chiedozie Ogbene squandered the guests’ finest probability, misjudging a free header in first-half damage time.
The end result extends the Republic’s winless run within the Nations League.
It’s now 11 video games with out victory within the competitors, having scored simply two targets within the course of, and with three troublesome video games towards Ukraine and Scotland to come back over the subsequent 10 days in Group B1.
An eight-game unbeaten run previous to Saturday’s match, together with creditable attracts at residence to Portugal and Belgium, had lifted the temper across the Republic after a troublesome begin to Stephen Kenny’s reign.
Nonetheless, this end result will possible appeal to additional criticism after Kenny’s aspect have been surprised by a workforce ranked 92nd on the planet in a recreation that stirred reminiscences of final yr’s embarrassing World Cup qualifying defeat by Luxembourg.
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- 13HendrickBooked at 83mins
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- 10ParrottSubstituted forObafemiat 65′minutes
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Match ends, Armenia 1, Republic of Eire 0.
Second Half ends, Armenia 1, Republic of Eire 0.
Substitution, Armenia. Artak Dashyan replaces Tigran Barseghyan.
Try missed. John Egan (Republic of Eire) header from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick with a cross following a set piece state of affairs.
Rudik Mkrtchyan (Armenia) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Chiedozie Ogbene (Republic of Eire) wins a free kick on the precise wing.
Foul by Rudik Mkrtchyan (Armenia).
Hand ball by James McClean (Republic of Eire).
Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Eire) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Eire).
Tigran Barseghyan (Armenia) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Alan Browne (Republic of Eire).
Kamo Hovhannisyan (Armenia) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Republic of Eire. Will Keane replaces Séamus Coleman.
Substitution, Republic of Eire. Alan Browne replaces Josh Cullen.
Foul by Josh Cullen (Republic of Eire).
Tigran Barseghyan (Armenia) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try saved. Rudik Mkrtchyan (Armenia) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the prime left nook.
Try missed. Sargis Adamyan (Armenia) proper footed shot from exterior the field misses to the left. Assisted by Hovhannes Hambardzumyan.
Aim! Armenia 1, Republic of Eire 0. Eduard Spertsyan (Armenia) proper footed shot from exterior the field to the underside left nook.