The 2017 Kazakhstan Cup action continues as last eight produced four one-legged battles to determine the tournament's semifinalists.
In the third head-to-head meeting with Irtysh Pavlodar since April, with the first two having ended in dramatic draws in the league, Kairat Almaty registered a vital 2-0 victory to advance to semis for the fourth successive season. It was a redemption for Kairat following a recent unseccessful visit to Atyrau in the league.
A strong first-half display by Kakhaber Tskhadadze's side saw Ivo Iličević assisted Gerard Gohou for his unstoppable early opener before the Croat himself hit the second in the 44th minute from Isael's smart cut-back pass.
After the break, Irtysh tried to revive the contest, however Kairat stood firm to bag their first clean sheet in past five games in all competitions. The win was marred by the ugly incident in the dying moments when Kairat's Islambek Kuat and Irtysh's Carlos Fonseca received their marching orders for a violent conduct.
The last second-tier side is out
Ordabasy Shymkent proved stronger than Zhetysu Taldykorgan who earlier have surprisingly eliminated title holders FC Astana. The only First League side at this stage, Semirechye club ended their Cup season after visiting Alexey Petrushin's men scraped through them 1-0.
The only goal came in the 64th minute as Bekzat Beisenov slotted home with a one-touch shot from outside the box following a poor clearance of Ordabasy's set piece.
Zhetysu have had their chances yet failed to take them as Petrushin expressed his discontent with the quality of football unleashed by his charges. Nevertheless, it was a deserved win that sent the Southerners into last four.
Shakhter replicate their success in Astana
Clinical strikes from Didier Kadio and Marko Stanojević earned Shakhter Karagandy a 2-1 win over Okzhetpes Kokshetau at the Astana Arena.
The Ivorian broke the deadlock following a corner kick five minutes into the second half before the Serbian doubled the Miners' lead, finishing a counterattack shortly after to repeat the score of the same fixture in KPL Week 10 match.
All Okzhetpes could do was a goal provided by Sergey Schaff in the 74th minute, his powerful effort from close range off a Lucas Horvat cross being a little consolation for the Blue Horses.
Atyrau leave it late to beat Aktobe
In the tense Western derby clash between FC Atyrau and FC Aktobe at the Munaishy, the two teams needed an added-time thriller to decide the encounter.
Although Aktobe created a host of chances, it was the Oilers who found the breakthrough one minute away from a penalty shootout, with Ivan Rodić volleying in a diagonal right-wing cross.
Prior to the matchup, Aktobe have fired their manager Ihor Rakhayev for unacceptable results in the Premier League play, with the Reds and Whites struggling in 11th position, having won just once in nine outings. The goalkeepers coach Igor Prokhnitsky has been appointed as interim manager but his debut has been marked with a cruel setback, while Sergey Pavlov has guided his Atyrau side to fifth straight win in domestic football.
2017 Kazakhstan Cup Quarterfinals
Zhetysu Taldykorgan v Ordabasy Shymkent 0-1 (0-0)
10/05/2017, Zhetysu Stadium (Taldykorgan). Att: 1,500. Ref: Sakhi (Kyzylorda).
Zhetysu: Shabanov, Burghiu, Adilkhanov (Hromțov 73), Baltabekov (Kasyanov 67), Sagyndykov, Kerimzhanov, Ibrayev, Lyovin, Vyatkin (Adil 78), Danilyuk, Shakin. HC: Dmitry Ogay.
Ordabasy: Bekbayev, Gogua (Martsvaladze 42), Kovalchuk, Fontanello, Abdulin, Ashirbekov (Adyrbekov 76), Beisenov, Smakov, Tungyshbayev, Buleshev (Kozhabayev 65), Zhumakhanov. HC: Alexey Petrushin (RUS).
Goals: 0-1 Beisenov (64).
YC: Zhumakhanov (59), Sagyndykov (69).
Okzhetpes Kokshetau v Shakhter Karagandy 1-2 (0-0)
10/05/2017, Astana Arena (Astana). Att: 700. Ref: Aliyev (Almaty).
Okzhetpes: Stamenković, Chertov, Politylo, Horvat, Strukov (Nganbe 62), Fedin, Kuksin, Yurin, Dosmagambetov (Kozlov 46), Marochkin, Schaff. HC: Vladimir Mukhanov (RUS).
Shakhter: Baginsky, Szöke (Stojanović 30), Kadio, Aiyegbusi, Zošák, Stanojević, Vasiljević, Khairullin (Mangutkin 78), Tattybayev (Tazhimbetov 65), Shakhmetov, Alimbayev. HC: Alexey Yeryomenko (RUS/FIN).
Goals: 0-1 Kadio (51), 0-2 Stanojević (54), 1-2 Schaff (74).
YC: Chertov (47), Khairullin (68), Kozlov (90+4), Aiyegbusi (90+5).
FC Atyrau v FC Aktobe 1-0 (0-0, 0-0), a.e.t.
10/05/2017, Munaishy Sports Complex (Atyrau). Att: 4,000. Ref: Kuchin (Karaganda).
Atyrau: Pasechenko, Djokić, Dvalishvili (Rodić 46), Lobjanidze, Salomov (Suley 46), Obšivač, Maksimović (Nurybekov 70), Abdrakhmanov, Kairalliyev, Korobov, Khairullin. HC: Sergey Pavlov (RUS).
Aktobe: Otarbayev, Cassiano, Volovyk, Papa Gueye, Yermachenko, Baitana (Zyankovich 58), Kairov, Kakimov, Shestakov, Shurygin (Aitbayev 74), Totay (Aslan 80). HC: Igor Prokhnitsky.
Goals: 1-0 Rodić (119).
YC: Shurygin (13), Dvalishvili (19), Volovyk (69), Kairalliyev (74), Totay (80), Nurybekov (104), Papa Gueye (106), Rodić (120), Abdrakhmanov (120+1).
Kairat Almaty v Irtysh Pavlodar 2-0 (2-0)
10/05/2017, Central Stadium (Almaty). Att: 6,500. Ref: Iskakov (Astana).
Kairat: Plotnikov, Vorogovsky, Akhmetov, Kuat, Suyumbayev, Bakayev, Zhukov, Isael (Turysbek 76), Islamkhan (Baltabayev 22), Iličević, Gohou (Anene 74). HC: Kakhaber Tskhadadze (GEO).
Irtysh: Kalmykov, Živković (Kalinin 81), Vorotnikov, Tkachuk, Dvali, Rodrigo António, Popov (Zhumaskaliyev 46), Yesimov, Darabayev, Fonseca, Dja Djédjé (Fofana 46). HC: Dimitar Dimitrov (BUL).
Goals: 1-0 Gohou (8), 2-0 Iličević (44).
YC: Dja Djédjé (41), Suyumbayev (89).
RC: Kuat (89), Fonseca (89).