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Armenians confident of Dublin win

ARMENIA plan to turn up the heat on Ireland in tomorrow's Euro 2012 group finale at Lansdowne Road.

Coach Vardan Minasyan and his in-form side - Armenia have won their last three qualifiers, scoring 11 goals along the way - arrived in Dublin airport this morning with every intention of claiming another Euro qualifying win.

Armenia overcame temperatures of 39 degrees to defeat Macedonia 4-1 in front of a full house on Friday night, so the drizzle and grey skies of Dublin will not be a problem for the Armenians.

They will have to face a large support as the FAI hope that the 50,500 capacity Lansdowne Road will be sold out for the first time since it was reopened last year, and away support will be tiny, as only ten fans accompanied the team on their early-morning flight from Yerevan today.

But they are high on confidence after a run of form which has seen Armenia come from being outsiders - they had just one point from the first two games in the group - to become real contenders.

"We have every chance of winning in Dublin," Armenia's Russian-based keeper Roman Berezovski said.

"The lads in our team are young, they don't know any fear, they just want to go out and play and score goal after goal after goal. We have scored 11 goals in our last three games and there is no reason why we can't carry on.

"If we play to our level, we can win. With the type of football we have played over the last two months, even over the last year, we can go to Dublin and win," he added.

Armenia arrived in Dublin this morning with a squad of just 19 players. Defender Robert Arazumyan picked up an injury in the win over Macedonia on Friday and he misses the game while back-up keeper Gevorg Kasparov is out, so third-choice keeper Arsen Petrosyan is in the squad.