Armenia caused a shock with their first victory in Group 5 of European Zone qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, goals from Hovhannes Goharyan and Sargis Hovsepyan seeing off Belgium.
Prior to this evening's game in Yerevan, the hosts had only taken one point from seven previous matches in the pool and still remain a point behind Estonia in the fight to avoid the wooden spoon.
Bayern Munich defender Daniel van Buyten pulled one back for Belgium in second-half stoppage time, but it was not enough to prevent the Mexico 1986 semi-finalists' miserable campaign sinking to a new low.
Belgium made the better start, and Standard Liege forward Igor de Camargo was the first to go close before the hosts carved out their first opportunity in the 17th minute. Goharyan played in Arman Karamyan, who advanced through on Jean-Francois Gillet, and the goalkeeper did enough to turn his close-range effort on to the post.
The chance gave Armenia confidence and BATE Borisov forward Goharyan put them in front six minutes later, when he fired in a rebound after Gillet had parried Henrykh Mkhitaryan's shot.
The home team could have added a second before the break, with captain Hovsepyan missing the best of the chances they created between scoring the opener and the half-time whistle blowing. Pyunik player Hovsepyan made amends in style by doubling Armenia's lead five minutes into the second period.
Belgium finally stepped up their efforts but Van Buyten and Tom de Sutter missed good opportunities to halve the deficit. Gevorg Kasparov did brilliantly to save a close-range header from De Camargo in the 86th minute before Van Buyten scored right at the death, too late to rescue even a point.
It was an incredible result for Armenia, who had only scored three goals in their previous seven qualifiers.