Kairat Almaty produce another free-scoring display, FC Astana notch a trademark win with late striking, Ordabasy Shymkent extend their poor run of form – let's take a brief look at the midweek KPL action.
• Following their third successive victory, the reigning champions are six points clear of Irtysh Pavlodar as Dimitar Dimitrov's charges weren't able to win against Shakhter Karagandy, the fixture in Pavlodar ending in a 0-0 draw. Getting just two points from their past four matches, Irtysh have their cushion over third-placed Kairat Almaty reduced to five points.
• Meanwhile, Kairat Almaty were dominant and unstoppable in their 5-2 win over FC Atyrau, despite the Oilers were ahead with 17 minutes played thanks to thanks to Volodymyr Arzhanov's deflected shot. The KPL big boys reacted in superb manner as Bauyrzhan Islamkhan who netted a double, Isael, Andrey Arshavin and Gerard Gohou all entered the scoresheet before Alexandru Curtean pulled one back for Atyrau. Receiving their biggest loss in the season, Atyrau found themselves in ninth position in the league table.
• Omari Tetradze made a winning debut as Tobol Kostanay manager with his new team beating Ordabasy Shymkent 1-0 at the Central Stadium in Kostanay. A goal from Sergey Khizhnichenko wrapped up the points for the host side, with the Kazakhstan international slotting in Tomas Simkovic's cross in the 58th minute. Tobol broke their five-game winless drought and moved to eighth spot while misfiring Ordabasy, having lost in straight three encounters, slipped to sixth.
• Tetradze: "I think, lads start to feel confident after this win and hopefully they will play some entertaining football. The opponents hadn't any clear-cut chances because we were good defensively, active in midfield and tried to be aggressive up front."
• Serge Nganbe scored twice and struck the post for Okzhetpes Kokshetau as Vladimir Mukhanov's side came from behind to defeat Akzhayik Oral 4-2 at the Astana Arena. Clinching their first win in four allowed Akmola Region side open a four-point gap in fourth place, with Akzhayik remain struggling in 11th, just one point above the bottom of the table.
• Zhetysu Taldykorgan build on their recent good run, which sees them unbeaten in four, by tying 1-1 with FC Aktobe. The Red and Whites broke the deadlock in the 70th minute when Sandro Tsveiba volleyed in his first goal at the Kazakhstan club only for Ilyas Amirseitov to fire in a spectacular 40-meter free kick to make things all square two minutes later. The stalemate lifted Aktobe into top five on goal difference and Zhetysu stay four points adrift of the top half of the table.
Gameweek 13 details
Okzhetpes Kokshetau v Akhzayik Oral 4-2 (3-1)
02/06/2016, Astana Arena (Astana). Att: 1,000. Ref: Rakhimbayev (Almaty).
Okzhetpes: Stamenković, Chichulin, Chyzhov, Volkov, Mangutkin, Nane, Ristović (Zhumakhanov 77), Nganbe, Khairullin, Yurin (Kuksin 90+2), Moldakarayev (Buleshev 70). HC: Vladimir Mukhanov (RUS).
Akzhayik: Kalmenov, Tapalov, Kolunija, Nikolić, Omarov (Khairov 58), Govedarica, Shevtsov, Coronel, Antipov (Sergiyenko 46), Valiullin, Hromţov (Begalin 70). HC: Talgat Baisufinov.
Goals: 0-1 Antipov (7), 1-1 Nganbe (10), 2-1 Ristović (35), 3-1 Khairullin (44), 4-1 Nganbe (51), 4-2 Begalin (81).
YC: Govedarica (28), Nikolić (33), Valiullin (45), Zhumakhanov (81).
FC Taraz v FC Astana 0-2 (0-0)
02/06/2016, Central Stadium (Taraz). Att: 3,500. Ref: Kuchin (Karaganda).
Taraz: Grigorenko, Bayaliyev, Mera, Vorotnikov, Danilyuk, Nuraly (D.Yevstigneyev 46), V.Yevstigneyev (Nedashkovsky 83), Taubay, Mané, Baitana (Shakhmetov 46), Suley. HC: Yuri Maksymov (UKR).
Astana: Erić, Postnikov, Aničić, Logvinenko, Shomko, Cañas, Maksimović, Abdurahimi (Tagybergen 61), Haruna (Despotović 55), Muzhikov, Nuserbayev (Schyotkin 86). HC: Stanimir Stoilov (BUL).
Goals: 0-1 Despotović (88), 0-2 Muzhikov (90).
YC: Postnikov (12), Nuraly (39), Shomko (39), V.Yevstigneyev (73), Aničić (77).
Zhetysu Taldykorgan v FC Aktobe 1-1 (0-0)
02/06/2016, Zhetysu Stadium (Taldykorgan). Att: 1,000. Ref: Iskakov (Astana).
Zhetysu: Pasechenko, Amirseitov, Kadio, Klein, Shabayev, Sagyndykov (Kharun-Zade 81), Djalović, Mojsov (M.Azovsky 72), Turysbek, Savić, Simonovski (Kalinin 60). HC: Almas Kulshinbayev.
Aktobe: Pavlov, Kryukov, Kouadja, Ye.Azovsky, Sorokin, Sitdikov, Tsveiba, Smakov, Bocharov, Zhalmukan (Tleshev 87), Zhangylyshbay (Shestakov 58). HC: Yuri Utkulbayev (RUS).
Goals: 0-1 Tsveiba (70), 1-1 Amirseitov (73).
YC: Savić (8), Sitdikov (74), Sorokin (90+3).
Tobol Kostanay v Ordabasy Shymkent 1-0 (0-0)
02/06/2016, Central Stadium (Kostanay). Att: 4,000. Ref: Tevyashov (Uralsk).
Tobol: Loginovsky, Miroshnichenko, Kassaï, Yavorkyi, Glavina, Mukhutdinov, Žulpa, Deac (Jalilov 87), Zhumaskaliyev (Dosmagambetov 68), Simkovic, Khizhnichenko (Dudchenko 89). HC: Omari Tetradze (RUS).
Ordabasy: Boichenko, Kozhabayev, Trajković, Abdulin, Irismetov (Tolebek 57), Simčević, Diakhate, Beisenov, Kasalica, Nurgaliyev, Junuzović (Tazhimbetov 78). HC: Bakhtiyar Baiseitov.
Goals: 1-0 Khizhnichenko (58).
YC: Zhumaskaliyev (13), Kassaï (38), Yavorskyi (43), Irismetov (55), Khizhnichenko (60), Kasalica (70), Diakhate (76), Simkovic (90+3).
Irtysh Pavlodar v Shakhter Karagandy 0-0 (0-0)
02/06/2016, Central Stadium (Pavlodar). Att: 4,800. Ref: Abdanbayev (Taraz).
Irtysh: Loriya, Yesimov, Freideimas, Malyi, Akhmetov, Jirsák, Gogua, Fonseca, Jallow, Murtazayev (Geteriyev 69), Fall. HC: Dimitar Dimitrov (BUL).
Shakhter: Baginsky, Gabyshev, Sadownichy, Kurylov, Tarasov, Pikalkin, Szöke, Yermekov (Zeneli 67), Baizhanov, Ubbink (Yaghoubi 80), Finonchenko (Nurybekov 59). HC: Jozef Vukušič (SVK).
YC: Tarasov (21), Freidgeimas (23), Yesimov (57), Geteriyev (69), Baginsky (90).
Kairat Almaty v FC Atyrau 5-2 (3-1)
02/06/2016, Central Stadium (Almaty). Att: 8,500. Ref: Duzmambetov (Ust-Kamenogorsk).
Kairat: Plotnikov, Kuantayev, Rudoselsky, Marković (Vorogovsky 86), Tesák (Lunin 76), Kuat, Bakayev, Isael (Darabayev 81), Islamkhan, Arshavin, Gohou. HC: Kakhaber Tskhadadze (GEO).
Atyrau: Narzikulov, Esatov, Muldarov (Kuzmin 58), Lamanje, Damčevski, Essame, Saparov, Arzhanov, Curtean, Konysbayev (Makas 78), Trytko (Shabalin 74). HC: Yuri Konkov.
Goals: 0-1 Arzhanov (17), 1-1 Islamkhan (22), 2-1 Isael (28), 3-1 Arshavin (45+1), 4-1 Islamkhan (65), 5-1 Gohou (85), 5-2 Curtean (87).
YC: Trytko (15), Rudoselsky (19), Esatov (25), Saparov (90+2).
June 11 - Akzhayik Oral v FC Taraz, FC Atyrau v Okzhetpes Kokshetau, Shakhter Karagandy v Kairat Almaty, Ordabasy Shymkent v Irtysh Pavlodar, FC Aktobe v Tobol Kostanay, FC Astana v Zhetysu Taldykorgan.