Armenia beat 10-man Macedonia 4-1 in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday to stay in contention for a major event for the first time in its history.

First half goals from Marcos Pizzelli and Henrik Mkhitaryan put Armenia 2-0 up in the Group B game before Macedonia was reduced to 10 men when captain Velice Sumulikoski was sent off for a second yellow card in the 53rd minute.

Gevorg Ghazaryan added Armenia's third in the 69th. Vance Sikov headed in Macedonia's consolation goal in the 86th before Artur Sarkisov completed the scoring in injury time.

Armenia has 17 points from games. In later matches, Ireland, on 14 points, takes on winless Andorra, while group leader Russia, on 17 points, is at Slovakia, which has 14.