Friendly win: Farewell night for Armenian soccer veteran brings victory to his side

Armenia beat Lithuania 4-2 in a spectacular Wednesday friendly at Yerevan’s Republican Stadium that was also a farewell game honoring their long-time captain Sargis Hovsepyan. Hovsepian, 40, making his 132nd appearance for the team after staying in soccer for more than two decades, played only the opening five minutes letting a substitute continue. He drew big applause from fans in the stands as he headed off the pitch into a chilly night and possibly up to an equally successful career as a manager with the national team.

On the field, meanwhile, Hovsepyan’s former teammates were finally scoring goals that have been few and far between during this ending season.

Striker Edgar Manucharyan opened the scoring in the 6th minute, followed by goals from Karlen Mkrtchyan (48th minute), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (55th minute) and Aras Ozbilis (71th minute). Lithuanians managed to score twice in the meantime (in the 66th and 83rd minutes).