MOSCOW, JANUARY 20. ARMINFO. Armenia’s football champion Pyunik (Yerevan) has lost the quarterfinal of the 13th CIS Football Cup to Neftchi (Baku) 0:2 and has missed its chance for the cup.
The match was nervous on both the field and the standium. The Azeri fans turned out to be well prepared – flags, drums, T-shirts, painted faces. The noise was deafening. The Armenian fans were seated across the stadium and were their absolute contrast. Couple of flags, one-two passive voices shouting Pyunik! and no drive at all.
The police were at first a bit confused unable to tell the Armenian flags from the Azeri ones but then they got used.
The politics was present even there. Usually the stadium hails both the teams – this time the Armenians hailed their team the Azeris theirs.
The conflict was ripening and was about to unleash when some Armenians fans put their flag over the Azeri one on the stand displaying all the national flags of the participant teams. A group of Azeri fans rushed to restore the justice but the police were just in time to prevent impending clashes. Much to their credit the sides managed to keep their temper till the end despite the obvious itch in their hands. Seeing that their team is doomed to lose the Armenians left the stadium sad but not angry. The Armenian players were not so restrained – they even attacked the referees.
The Azeri were happy as if they won the World Cup.
Now Neftchi is to meet with Dinamo Kiev while Lokomotive Moscow is to face Kaunas from Vilnius.
In the Soviet times Ararat Yerevan met Neftchi Baku 40 times – 15 victories, 14 draws and 11 defeats.