Title holders Astana out, Aktobe win Western Derby on penalties, Kairat knock off Taraz as 2017 Kazakhstan Cup campaign opened its playoffs with the Round of 16 matches.
Astana suffer shock loss in Taldykorgan
In their first match as the reigning Cup winners, Astana unexpectedly fell at Zhetysu Taldykorgan 2-1, making an early exit from the competition.
Relying on mixed starting lineup, Stanimir Stoilov's men started brilliantly, with Abzal Beisebekov putting them in front in the opening stages.
It was their last success however, as Zhetysu added tempo and aggression in the second half to get the turnaround that stunned Astana.
Oleg Hromțov found the leveller for Semirechye club before Alexey Shakin volleyed home what proved to be a winning goal.
Home advantage means nothing for second-tier teams
Zhetysu were the only First League side to advance into quarterfinals, in spite of the fact that all four second-tier clubs played at home.
Kyzyl-Zhar SK delivered a brave performance against Ordabasy Shymkent but lost 1-0 after conceding a second-half penalty kick.
Although Kyran Shymkent looked resilient, FC Atyrau whose manager Sergey Pavlov made his Kazakshtan debut proved stronger, 2-1.
The biggest defeat of the day was handed to Makhtaaral Ataken as they were thrashed 4-1 by Okzhetpes Kokshetau.
Reverse fixtures after league rehearsals
Ahead of their Cup clash, Irtysh Pavlodar and Kaisar Kyzylorda challenged each other in the league to share the spoils in Kyzylorda.
This time, the two sides met in Pavlodar and after another regular time stalemate, it was Irtysh who won it 3-2 in additional time in dramatic fashion.
A similar thing happened to Shakhter Karagandy-Tobol Kostanay affair, with the two playing out a draw in the KPL Week 7.
After reversing grounds for Cup action, Shakhter beat the odds, being the better side to secure a narrow 2-1 win in an away battle in Zatobolsk.
Aktobe through following war of nerves
Akzhayik Oral hosted their neighbours FC Aktobe whom they also played not so long ago in Premier League, settling for a draw.
That was the case again since the tight Western Derby ended up goalless in normal time as well as in extra-time.
It meant a penalty shoot-out would separate the teams and it was the Red and Whites who maanged to hold their nerve to clinch promotion.
The only missed spot-kick came from Akzhayik's Ruslan Valiullin, the midfielder hitting the crossbar to see Aktobe go to an eventual 5-4 win.
Kairat build on positive streak
FC Taraz were the first team of the 2017 KPL season to keep a clean sheet against one of the country;s heavyweights, Kairat Almaty.
Following that, Kairat failed to win in three more matches before their discouraging league run came to an end a fortnight ago.
Now Almaty side are riding on three-game winning streak, the last success being the 2-0 home victory over Taraz in Kazakhstan Cup.
Kairat decided not to field their strongest XI yet registered a confident 2-0 win as Georgy Zhukov and Ivo Iličević made the difference.
Kazakhstan Cup round of 16 details
Kyran Shymkent* v FC Atyrau 1-2 (1-1)
19/04/2017, Kazhymukan Stadium (Shymkent). Att: 700. Ref: Lesiv (Semey).
Kyran: Kalenov, Suleimenov (Tursyn 80), Abutov, Akhimbekov, Zholdasov (Zhaksybayuly 67), Allashukurov, Zhaksybek (Boribay 46), Yermurzayev, Ametov, Manekeyev, Alipbek. HC: Auelbek Derbisbayev.
Atyrau: Pasechenko, Lobjanidze, Obšivač, Maksimović, Kalmuratov (Korobov 70), Nurybekov (Marov 46), Abdrakhmanov, Li, Saparov (Kairalliyev 61), Suley, Khairullin. HC: Sergey Pavlov (RUS).
Goals: 1-0 Zhaksybek (26), 1-1 Maksimovic (45+3 – PG), 1-2 Kairalliyev (85).
YC: Alipbek (30), Zhaksybek (37), Obšivač (41), Abdrakhmanov (45), Abutov (46), Lobjanidze (58), Suleimenov (73), Boribay (90).
Makhtaaral Atakent v Okzhetpes Kokshetau 1-4 (0-4)
19/04/2017, Alpamys Batyr (Atakent). Att: 1,500. Ref: Omarov (Almaty).
Makhtaaral: Kuvshinov, Lebedinsky, Zadorozhny, Zverev, Karimov, Makhambetov, Saurambayev, Aripov, Aulabayev (Shubayev 46), Ilimov (Alekperzade 31), Oralbay (Nabiyev 46). HC: Kuanysh Karakulov.
Okzhetpes: Golubnichy, Chertov, Politylo (Genkov 58), Strukov, Fedin, Yurin (Shaikhov 46), Dairov, Marochkin, Keiler, Volkov, Schaff (Slambekov 81). HC: Vladimir Mukhanov (RUS).
Goals: 0-1 Marochkin (14), 0-2 Fedin (21 – PG), 0-3 Yurin (26), 0-4 Chertov (43), 1-4 Alekperzade (59).
YC: Zverev (20), Oralbay (40), Saurambayev (80), Makhambetov (80), Genkov (80), Shubayev (90+1).
Kyzyl-Zhar SK v Ordabasy Shymkent 0-1 (0-0)
19/04/2017, Karasay Stadium (Petropavlovsk). Att: 8,000. Ref: Sariyev (Uralsk).
Kyzyl-Zhar: Bagautdinov, Coulibaly, Stupić (Aubakirov 75), Aitov, Aliyev, Gunchenko, Januzakov, Sedelnikov, Pavinić (Dubkov 41), Sokolenko (Kismetov 85), Sultanov. HC: Vladimir Fomichyov.
Ordabasy: Nurmukhametov, Martsvaladze, Gogua (Geynrikh 70), Rendulić, Abdulin, Adyrbekov (Ashirbekov 81), Beisenov, Smakov, Kozhabayev, Buleshev (Tungyshbayev 57), Zhumakhanov. HC: Alexey Petrushin (RUS).
Goals: 0-1 Gogua (59 – PG).
YC: Gogua (22), Aitov (44), Zhumakhanov (90), Ashirbekov (90+3).
Zhetysu Taldykorgan v FC Astana 2-1 (0-1)
19/04/2017, Zhetysu Reserve Ground (Taldykorgan). Att: 1,500. Ref: Bystrov (Karaganda).
Zhetysu: Shabanov, Burghiu, Kasyanov, Baltabekov (Hromțov 62), Sagyndykov, Kerimzhanov, Ibrayev, Levin, Danilyuk, Serdyukov (Nurmigamet 70), Shakin (Adilkhanov 90+1). HC: Dmitry Ogay.
Astana: Erić, Shytaw, Twumasi, Llullaku, Zhakipbayev (Zhalmukan 66), Najaryan, Zhunusov (Sagnayev 86), Logvinenko, Beisebekov, Postnikov, Murtazayev. HC: Stanimir Stoilov (BUL).
Goals: 0-1 Beisebekov (5), 1-1 Hromțov (75), 2-1 Shakin (86).
YC: Ibrayev (43), Shabanov (90+2).
Tobol Kostanay v Shakhter Karagandy 1-2 (0-2)
19/04/2017, Zatobolets Stadium (Zatobolsk). Att: 2,000. Ref: Abdullayev (Karatau).
Tobol: Nepohodov, Despotović, Zulpa, Kassaï, Simkovic, Malyi, Miroshnichenko (Zhakupov 46), Moldakarayev (Jalilov 46), Mukhutdinov, Sartakov, Schyotkin (Zhangylyshbay 31). HC: Omari Tetradze (RUS).
Shakhter: Baginsky, Szöke, Kadio, Zošák, Stanojević, Vasilyev, Mangutkin, Skorykh, Tattybayev (Omirtayev 67), Shakhmetov (Oral 86), Alimbayev (Khairullin 60). HC: Alexey Yeryomenko (RUS).
Goals: 0-1 Szöke (14), 0-2 Tattybayev (39), 1-2 Zhangylyshbay (85).
YC: Kassaï (37), Skorykh (83).
Akzhayik Oral v FC Aktobe 0-0 (0-0, 0-0), a.e.t., PSO 4-5
19/04/2017, Akzhayik Stadium (Uralsk). Att: 2,300. Ref: Iskakov (Astana).
Akzhayik: Kotlyar, Rubio, Antipov, Pertsukh, Chulagov (Schmidt 80), Shabayev, Omarov, Tapalov, Makayev (Valiullin 62), Saparbekuly (Arenas 53), Zulfikarov. HC: Vakhid Masudov.
Aktobe: Otarbayev, Cassiano, Juninho, Torres, Volovyk, Yuri Mamute (Totay 57), Yermachenko (Rozybakiyev 98), Aslan, Baitana, Dautov (Kakimov 16), Zyankovich. HC: Ihor Rakhayev (UKR).
YC: Chulagov (9), Rubio (17), Torres (19), Antipov (35), Omarov (37), Rozybakiyev (112).
Irtysh Pavlodar v Kaisar Kyzylorda 3-2 (1-0)
19/04/2017, Central Stadium (Pavlodar). Att: 6,000. Ref: Aliyev (Almaty).
Irtysh: Kalmykov, Fonseca, Tkachuk, Fofana (Dja Djédjé 46), Popov, Zhumaskaliyev (Geteriyev 46, Rodrigo António 69), Chernyshov, Kalinin, Kislitsyn, Yesimov, Shabalin. HC: Dimitar Dimitrov (BUL).
Kaisar: Grigorenko, Coureur (Seitkhanov 86), Altayev, Altynbekov (Abdu 120), Goryachy, Kukeyev (Rustemov 90), Muldarov, Narzildayev, Sakhalbayev, Chureyev, Zhakhayev. HC: Stoycho Mladenov (BUL).
Goals: 1-0 Fofana (31), 1-1 Narzildayev (66 – PG), 1-2 Altynbekov (79), 2-2 Dja Djedje (82), 3-2 Rodrigo António (110).
YC: Kukeyev (30), Sakhalbayev (63), Chernyshov (65), Goryachy (73), Zhakhayev (82), Seitkhanov (87), Muldarov (115), Altayev (116), Kislitsyn (119).
RC: Sakhalbayev (73 – 2nd YC), Kukeyev (120+3).
Kairat Almaty v FC Taraz 2-0 (2-0)
19/04/2017, Central Stadium (Almaty). Att: 6,000. Ref: Izmailov (Taldykorgan).
Kairat: Pokatilov, Marković, Arshavin, César Arzo, Iličević (Kuat 61), Anene, Vorogovsky, Kuantayev, Baltabayev (Turysbek 35), Zhukov, Bakayev (Akmetov 73). HC: Kakhaber Tskhadadze (GEO).
Taraz: Babakhanov, Ergashev, Shipitsin, Gorbanets, Maurice (Mukhametshin 57), Shadmanov, Zainutdinov (Kan 71), Seidakhmet (Taubay 37), Nuraly, Azovsky, Kozhamberdy. HC: Vait Talgayev.
Goals: 1-0 Zhukov (33), 2-0 Iličević (45+2 – PG).
YC: Kozhamberdy (19), Shipitsin (45+1), Zhukov (50).
RC: Kozhamberdy (29 – 2nd YC).