A single shot pierced the air as Norair Bakhtamian stretched out his arm and fired across a vast expanse of unkempt grass and parched weeds at the barely visible target. He held the 4.6-milimeter-caliber wooden pistol—almost an extension of his hand—steady and fired again.
Although Armenia’s national soccer team does not participate in the European championships opening in Poland and Ukraine tonight, it won’t stop fans in this small South Caucasus country from following with great enthusiasm the competition to decide the continent’s best.
Armenia scored a 3-0 victory hosting Kazakhstan in a friendly Tuesday night as part of continuing preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament starting in September.
Striker Gevorg Ghazaryan scored twice before Yura Movsisyan’s third goal at the end of the first half. The second half of the game ended goalless despite Armenia’s having ample goal scoring opportunities.