Irtysh Pavlodar tied with FC Astana in the top table encounter, Kairat Almaty break their drought in style, Tobol Kostanay waste a two-goal lead and another stories of the KPL Week 7.
• "It looked like their first goal was scored from an offside position and I am sure there was a foul before the second," said Dimitrov, expressing his dissatisfaction towards the match refereeing. At the same time, he praised the level of the match, and so did Stoilov.
• Although Astana failed to win the league match for the first time since the start of the campaign they remain sole leaders, with their chasers Irtysh still trailing them by two points.
• Two strikes inside the opening three minutes helped Okzhetpes Kokshetau see off Ordabasy Shymkent 2-0 at the Astana Arena. Oleksandr Chyzhov stunned the Southern side with a diving header before Zhasulan Moldakarayev added the second in the match that saw Okzhetpes goalkeeper Saša Stamenković extend his unbeaten streak to 406 minutes. Following their fifth consecutive win, Vladimir Mukhanov's charges closed the gap on Irtysh to just one point, while fourth-placed Ordabasy now have a six-point deficit on their Kokshetau rivals.
• Tobol Kostanay took an early two-goal lead over Zhetysu Taldykorgan through Raul Jalilov's brace only to see their advantage slip after the restart in a 2-2 draw. Dušan Savić and Bauyrzhan Turysbek were on target in the space of couple of minutes before the hour-mark to leave Tobol winless in four games in a row.
• In the mid-table, Kairat Almaty comfortably dispatched FC Aktobe 3-0 to move to sixth. While 2015 league runners-up enjoyed the lion share of possession and pushed forward, Gerard Gohou delivered assists for Žarko Marković and Andrey Arshavin who opened his account in KPL minutes from half-time before Anatoliy Tymoshchuk’s deflected shot from outside the penalty area, also his first goal in Kazakhstan, completed the scoring in added time. Aktobe finished the game with ten men as Bagdat Kairov was dismissed for a harsh challenge moments after the third goal.
• Elsewhere, FC Taraz and FC Atyrau remained goalless despite having a host of chances, and Shakhter Karagandy earned their first win of the season, 1-0 at ten-man Akzhayik Oral, thanks to a 17th-minute thunderbolt from their long-serving captain Andrey Finonchenko.
Gameweek 7 Details
Okzhetpes Kokshetau v Ordabasy Shymkent 2-0 (2-0)
23/04/2016, Astana Arena (Astana), Att: 3,800. Ref: Izmailov (Taldykorgan).
Okzhetpes: Stamenković, Chichulin, Chertov, Chyzhov, Kuksin, Nane, Ristović (Volkov 78), Nganbe, Khairullin, Kozhamberdy (Buleshev 81), Moldakarayev (Yurin 88). HC: Vladimir Mukhanov (RUS).
Ordabasy: Boichenko, Adyrbekov, Trajković, Abdulin, Tolebek, Diakhate, Tungyshbayev (Junuzović 54), Geynrikh (Chatto 72), Nurgaliyev, Kasalica (Kozhabayev 76), Trifunović. HC: Bakhtiyar Baiseitov.
Goals: 1-0 Chyzhov (2), 2-0 Moldakarayev (3).
YC: Ristović (12), Kuksin (43), Abdulin (55), Kozhamberdy (56).
Tobol Kostanay v Zhetysu Taldykorgan 2-2 (2-0)
23/04/2016, Zatobolets Stadium (Zatobolsk). Att: 2,500. Ref: Chesnokov (Ust-Kamenogorsk).
Tobol: Loginovsky, Miroshnichenko, Kassaï, Yavorskyi, Glavina, Mukhutdinov, Zhumaskaliyev, Dosmagambetov (N'Diaye 81), Deac, Jalilov (Dudchenko 60), Khizhnichenko. HC: Dmitry Ogay.
Zhetysu: Shabanov, Adilkhanov, Sagyndykov (Amirseitov 73), Klein, Shabayev, Mojsov, Kadio, M.Azovsky (Mynbayev 79), Turysbek, Savić, Simonovski (Kalinin 46). HC: Almas Kulshinbayev.
Goals: 1-0 Jalilov (1), 2-0 Jalilov (14), 2-1 Savić (54), 2-2 Turysbek (58).
YC: Savić (5), Kadio (18), Mojsov (20), Jalilov (44), Klein (87), Shabanov (90+1).
FC Taraz v FC Atyrau 0-0 (0-0)
23/04/2016, Central Stadium (Taraz). Att: 3,500. Ref: Karlibayev (Uralsk).
Taraz: Grigorenko, Bayaliyev (Karpyk 68), Aitbayev, Vorotnikov, Nuraly, Shakhmetov, Rymtayev (Bauyrzhan 61), Danilyuk (V.Yevstigneyev 72), Baitana, Suley, Mané. HC: Nurmat Mirzabayev.
Atyrau: Narzikulov, Kuzmin, Muldarov, Lamanje, Damcevski, Korobkin, Sharpar (Essame 46), Shabalin, Arzhanov, Konysbayev (Curtean 70), Trytko (Makas 57). HC: Vladimir Nikitenko.
YC: Muldarov (70).
Akzhayik Oral v Shakhter Karagandy 0-1 (0-1)
23/04/2016, Akzhayik Stadium (Uralsk). Att: 1,500. Ref: Duzmambetov (Ust-Kamenogorsk).
Akzhayik: Kalmenov, Khairov, Kolunija, Nikolić, Omarov, Shurygin (Valiullin 64), Coronel, Govedarica, Sergiyenko (Antipov 75), Maltsev, Hromţov (Begalin 54). HC: Talgat Baisufinov.
Shakhter: Baginsky, Yermekov, Sadovnichy, Arzumanyan, Goryachy (Nurybekov 63), Skorykh, Szöke, Ubbink, Baizhanov, Zeneli (Yaghoubi 68), Finonchenko (Tattybayev 88). HC: Jozef Vukušič (SVK).
Goals: 0-1 Finonchenko (17).
YC: Shurygin (12), Govedarica (79), Baginsky (87).
RC: Nikolić (84)
Kairat Almaty v FC Aktobe 3-0 (2-0)
23/04/2016, Central Stadium (Almaty). Att: 13,000. Ref: Alyoshin (Pavlodar).
Kairat: Plotnikov, Kuantayev, Rudoselsky, Marković, Tesák, Tymoshchuk, Bakayev, Isael (Lunin 88), Islamkhan, Arshavin (Kuat 70), Gohou (Tawamba 60). HC: Kakhaber Tskhadadze (GEO).
Aktobe: Otarbayev, Kairov, Ye.Azovsky, Sorokin, Sitdikov, Tsveiba, Petrolay, Kryukov (Zhalmukan 46), Bocharov, Kakimov (Tleshev 66), Zhangylyshbay (Mikhalyov 50). HC: Yuri Utkulbayev (RUS).
Goals: 1-0 Marković (42), 2-0 Arshavin (44), 3-0 Tymoshchuk (90+2).
YC: Kairov (17), Arshavin (53).
RC: Kairov (90+4 – 2nd YC).
Irtysh Pavlodar v FC Astana 2-2 (1-2)
23/04/2016, Central Stadium (Pavlodar). Att: 9,200. Ref: Vishnichenko (Kostanay).
Irtysh: Loriya, Yesimov, Freidgeimas, Kerla, Akhmetov, Jirsák, Geteriyev, Gogua (Herrera 90+2), Fonseca, Murtazayev, Jallow (Fall 84). HC: Dimitar Dimitrov (BUL).
Astana: Erić, Beisebekov, Postnikov, Logvinenko, Shomko, Cañas, Maksimović, Twumasi, Haruna (Nuserbayev 64), Muzhikov, Despotović (Schyotkin 85). HC: Stanimir Stoilov (BUL).
Goals: 1-0 Akhmetov (2), 1-1 Despotović (7), 1-2 Muzhikov (31), 2-2 Fonseca (60).
YC: Cañas (44), Beisebekov (46), Freidgeimas (81), Kerla (87), Gogua (90+2).
Djordje Despotović (Astana), Roman Murtazayev (Irtysh), Edin Junuzović (Ordabasy), Dušan Savić (Zhetysu), Ihar Zyankovich (Taraz) - 3, Alibek Buleshev (Okzhetpes), Azat Nurgaliyev (Ordabasy) - 3 (pen 1), Gogita Gogua (Irtysh), Samat Smakov (Aktobe) - 3 (pen 2).Upcoming matches
May 1 - Tobol Kostanay v FC Taraz, Zhetysu Taldykorgan v Irtysh Pavlodar, FC Astana v Kairat Almaty, FC Aktobe v Okzhetpes Kokshetau, Ordabasy Shymkent v Akzhayik Oral, Shakhter Karagandy FC Atyrau.