Ar­me­nia ral­lies from 2 goals down to beat Mon­tene­gro 3-2

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Ar­me­nia ral­lied from two goals down to grab a late 3-2 win over Mon­tene­gro on Fri­day for its first points in 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing.

Gevorg Ghaz­aryan struck more than three min­utes into stop­page time in the dy­ing sec­onds of the match with a long-range low shot from out­side the area.

It was the first vic­tory for Ar­me­nia in a com­pet­i­tive match since Oc­to­ber 2013 af­ter 12 win­less ef­forts.

In the first half, Mon­tene­gro went 1-0 ahead in the 36th minute with a goal from Damir Ko­ja­se­vic. Cap­tain Ste­van Jovetic needed just two min­utes to dou­ble the lead for his sixth goal for his coun­try in the last eight games, lob­bing the ball over goal­keeper Arsen Beglaryan.

Ar­tak Grig­o­ryan re­duced the lead to 2-1 five min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val on a solo ef­fort that be­gan in the mid­dle of the field and was com­pleted with a lit­tle bit of luck and help from Rus­lan Ko­ryan.

Varaz­dat Haroyan scored his first in­ter­na­tional goal to tie the match in the 73rd from close range.

Mon­tene­gro re­mains with seven points tied atop Group E with Poland, which has a game in hand later Fri­day at Ro­ma­nia.

Den­mark also hosted Kaza­khstan on Fri­day.

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