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Kazakhstan Premier League Week 2 Roundup

Kazakhstan Premier League Week 2 Roundup
Bauyrzhan Islamkhan and his Kairat Almaty teammates remain winless after two opening league games (Photo credit: fckairat.kz)

Irtysh Pavlodar and FC Astana maintain their 100 per cent start, Kairat Almaty fail to beat Okzhetpes Kokshetau in Astana, Akzhayik Oral hit rock bottom.

• Kairat Almaty dropped points again as Alexandr Borodyuk's charges were held to a 1-1 draw by competitve Okzhetpes Kokshetau. In the match that took place at the Astana Arena, Gerard Gohou broke the deadlock to hand the favourites a 1-0 lead just a minute from half-time only to see ex-Kairat attacker Alibek Buleshev cancel out the Ivorian's goal on 49 minutes.

• Borodyuk: "Football is all about scoring goals. We had an advantage and ball possession but it was necessary to score the chances we had. If we had scored those, we would have been in quite different mood, more confident. We have to win one or two games to loosen ourselves up."

• FC Astana put three past Ordabasy Shymkent in South Kazakhstan to maintain their perfect start. Inside the opening 11 minutes, Djordje Despotović's header, his second in two league games for Astana, fired the visitors in front but Edin Junuzović levelled the scores just four minutes later. However, Astana restored the cushion thanks to an own goal from Aleksandar Simčević in the 42nd minute before Marin Aničić immediately added the third. Tense and ill-tempered second half – with both teams being reduced to ten men on the stroke of full-time – saw no goals, which meant Astana ended up 3-1 winners and Ordabasy lost their pole position, slumping to fifth.

• Despite sealing back-to-back victories, Astana couldn't move on top, clinching the second spot, for Irtysh Pavlodar have a better goal difference following their stunning 3-0 win over Akzhayik Oral. Playing away from home, Irtysh capitalised on good set play, with two of their three goals coming from Gogita Gogua's corners while the Uralsk side offered very little offensively and fell to the bottom of the table.

Ihar Zyankovich struck against his former club as FC Taraz registered a point in a 1-1 home stalemate with FC Aktobe. Samat Smakov put the visitors in front with an early penalty before the Belarus striker made it all square with a header to record his second of the season. Taraz's Oleg Nedashkovsky was red-carded for clashing with Bagdat Kairov in the 69th minute but Aktobe weren't demanding enough to capitalise on their numerical advantage. Taraz remain in the top three, trailing the leaders by two points, and Aktobe grabbed their first point but the current 11th position is not what the Westerners used to occupy in the table.

• Shakhter Karagandy and Zhetysu Taldykorgan played out a 0-0 draw in Temirtau, the Miners' backup venue. After sharing the spoils, Zhetysu sit sixth while Shakhter slipped to 10th place.

• The Saturday encounter between FC Atyrau and Tobol Kostanay hasn't been held due to heavy weather conditions which prevented Tobol from arrival at Atyrau in time. The fixture was postponed and to be rescheduled later.

• The league takes a two-week pause due to an international break as Kazakhstan national team, under the guidance of Akzhayik coach Talgat Baisufinov who serves as an interim manager, are set to play friendlies against Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Gameweek 2 Details

Akzhayik Oral v Irtysh Pavlodar 0-3 (0-2)
19/03/2016, Akzhayik Stadium (Uralsk). Att: 2,000. Ref: Izmailov (Taldykogan).
Akzhayik: Kalmenov, Omarov, Nikolić, Kolunija, Abdrakhmanov, Govedarica, Coronel, Valiullin (Antipov 58), Sapanov (Zabrodin 81), Sergiyenko, Hromţov (Maltsev 46). HC: Talgat Baisufinov.
Irtysh: Loriya, Akhmetov, Malyi, Freidgeimas, Geteriyev, Gogua (Herrera 64), Jirsák, Murtazayev, Kerla, Fonseca (Aliyev 90), Jallow (Fall 73). HC: Dimitar Dimitrov (BUL).
Goals: 0-1 Akhmetov (27), 0-2 Jallow (45+1), 0-3 Murtazayev (55).
YC: Sapanov (58), Sergiyenko (60), Fonseca (63), Murtazayev (70).

FC Taraz v FC Aktobe 1-1 (1-1)
19/03/2016, Central Stadium (Taraz). Att: 6,500. Ref: Gauzer (Petropavlovsk).
Taraz: Grigorenko, D.Yevstigneyev, Vorotnikov, Mera, Amirkhanov, Shakhmetov, Golić, Nedashkovsky, Baitana (Rymtayev 78), Danilyuk (Suley 61), Zyankovich (Aitbayev 90+2). HC: Nurmat Mirzabayev.
Aktobe: Otarbayev, Sitdikov, Kouadja, Azovsky, Kairov, Petrolay, Smakov, Zhangylyshbay, Kryukov (Sorokin 61), Davlatov (Shestakov 65), Bocharov. HC: Yuri Utkulbayev (RUS).
Goals: 0-1 Smakov (11 pen), 1-1 Zyankovich (45).
YC: Golić (23), Mera (38), Kairov (69), Sorokin (74), Azovsky (77), Kouadja (88).
RC: Nedashkovsky (69).

Okzhetpes Kokshetau v Kairat Almaty 1-1 (0-1)
19/03/2016, Astana Arena (Astana). Att: 4,000. Ref: Tevyashov (Uralsk).
Okzhetpes: Babakhanov, Mangutkin, Chyzhov, Chertov, Chichulin (Moldakarayev 78), Nane, Volkov, Kozhamberdy, Nganbe (Kuksin 70), Alkhazov (Buleshev 46), Khairullin. HC: Vladimir Mukhanov (RUS).
Kairat: Plotnikov, Tesák, Marković, Bruno Soares, Kuantayev, Tymoshchuk, Bakayev, Kuat (Li 65), Islamkhan, Isael (Sito Riera 85), Gohou. HC: Alexandr Borodyuk (RUS).
Goals: 0-1 Gohou (44), 1-1 Buleshev (49).
YC: Bakayev (34), Khairullin (39), Buleshev (59), Mangutkin (65), Moldakarayev (75).

Ordabasy Shymkent v FC Astana 1-3 (1-3)
20/03/2016, Kazhymukan Stadium (Shymkent). Att: 7,000. Ref: Karlybayev (Uralsk).
Ordabasy: Boichenko, Simčević, Mukhtarov, Trajković, Suyumbayev, Diakhate, Chatto (Kozhabayev 82), Tungyshbayev (Tazhimbetov 76), Nurgaliyev, Kasalica, Junuzović. HC: Bakhtiyar Baiseitov.
Astana: Erić, Beisebekov, Postnikov, Aničić, Shomko, Logvinenko, Cañas, Twumasi (Tagybergen 86), Maksimović (Gurman 90+4), Muzhikov, Despotović (Schyotkin 85). HC: Stanimir Stoilov (BUL).
Goals: 0-1 Despotović (11), 1-1 Junuzović (15), 1-2 Simčević (42 OG), 1-3 Aničić (44).
YC: Kasalica (48), Muzhikov (58), Tungyshbayev (74).
RC: Muzhikov (2ndYC 89), Mukhtarov (90+6).

Shakhter Karagandy v Zhetysu Taldykorgan 0-0
20/03/2016, Metallurg Stadium (Temirtau). Att: 3,000. Ref: Antonov (Pavlodar).
Shakhter: Tkachuk, Ubbink (Skorykh 85), Arzumanyan, Sadovnichy, Szöke, Zeneli, Yaghoubi, Goryachy, Nurybekov (Vetrov 75), Pikalkin, Baizhanov. HC: Jozef Vukušič (SVK).
Zhetysu: Shabanov, Kadio, Djalović, Klein, Savić, Rudzik (Mojsov 62), Simonovski (Goa Demel 80), Amirseitov, Turysbek, Kalinin (Borovsky 68), Azovsky. HC: Almas Kulshinbayev.
YC: Goryachy (50), Arzumanyan (56).

League standings

20/03/2016

Pld W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1   Irtysh Pavlodar
2 2
0
0
4
0 +4
6
2   FC Astana
2
2
0
0
5
2
+3
6
3
  FC Taraz
2
1
1
0
3
2
+1
4
4
  Tobol Kostanay
1
1
0
0
1
0
+1
3
5
  Ordabasy Shymkent
2
1
0
1
4
4
0
3
6
  Zhetysu Taldykorgan
2
0
2
0
1
1
0
2
7
  FC Atyrau
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
1
8
  Kairat Almaty
2
0
1
1
2
3
-1
1
9
  Okzhetpes Kokshetau 
2
0
1
1
1
2
-1
1
10
  Shakhter Karagandy
2
0
1
1
1
2
-1
1
11
  FC Aktobe
2
0
1
1
2
4
-2
1
12
  Akzhayik Oral
2
0
0
2
0
4
-4
0

Upcoming matches

April 2 - Zhetysu Taldykorgan v Ordabasy Shymkent, Irtysh Pavlodar v FC Atyrau, FC Astana v FC Aktobe

April 3 - Kairat Almaty v Akzhayik Oral, FC Taraz v Okzhetpes Kokshetau, Tobol Kostanay v Shakhter Karagandy

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