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Kazakhstan Premier League Week 8 Roundup

Kazakhstan Premier League Week 8 Roundup
FC Astana supporters during the 1-0 win Stanimir Stoilov's men bagged against their bitter rivals Kairat Almaty (Photo credit: fca.kz)

Sunday events in KPL: Astana defeat Kairat to extend their fantastic spring run, Irtysh keep pace with the league leaders, Tobol start with a win under the new manager.

• FC Astana maintained their lead atop the league by beating arch rivals Kairat Almaty 1-0 in the tight Two Capitals Derby at the Astana Arena. After finding an early opener through Nemanja Maksimović's header, the host side sat deep and absorbed the pressure to defend their goal. Kairat dominated possession but lacked a firepower while Astana had their chances to get the second on the counter.

• Astana manager Stanimir Stoilov: "It was an essential derby game which we desired to win. We are happy [to be 14 points clear of our big rivals] but it's too early to talk about the title as the season is still young."

• Second-placed Irtysh Pavlodar won at Zhetysu Taldykorgan 3-0 to keep in touch with Astana. Zhetysu played well but weren't as effective as their opponents with Roman Murtazayev scoring twice before the interval to take his season goal tally to league-leading five and Ignacio Herrera putting the game in bed in the third minute of added time.

• A penalty goal from Samat Smakov after 73 minutes sank Okzhetpes Kokshetau as FC Aktobe get back on track with a 1-0 victory at home which means Vladimir Mukhanov's men now trailing Irtysh by four points.

• Interim coach Oleg Lotov who replaced resigned Dmitry Ogay almost on the eve of the Tobol Kostanay's matchup led his team to a 1-0 win over FC Taraz, and so did Bakhtiyar Baiseitov whose Ordabasy Shymkent side beat Akzhayik Oral by the same margin to cut Okzhetpes' cushion to three points.

• Shakhter Karagandy failed to build on their last success as Jozef Vukušič's side shared the spoils with FC Atyrau in their first match in Karaganda. Both teams went scoreless but the Pitmen had a golden opportunity after the break when Atyrau goalkeeper Zhasur Narzikulov denied Andrey Finonchenko from the spot to preserve a 0-0 scoreline.

Gameweek 8 Details

FC Astana v Kairat Almaty 1-0 (1-0)
01/05/2016, Astana Arena (Astana). Att: 11,000. Ref: Chesnokov (Ust-Kamenogorsk).
Аstana: Erić, Postnikov, Aničić, Logvinenko, Shomko, Cañas, Maksimović, Twumasi, Nuserbayev (Tagybergen 76), Muzhikov (Haruna 89), Despotović (Schyotkin 86). HC: Stanimir Stoilov (BUL).
Kairat: Plotnikov, Kuantayev (Lunin 83), Rudoselsky, Marković, Tesák, Tymoshchuk, Bakayev, Isael, Islamkhan, Arshavin (Kuat 73), Tawamba. HC: Kakhaber Tskhadadze (GEO).
Goals: 1-0 Maksimović (6).
YC: Shomko (29), Muzhikov (43), Tesák (47), Despotović (82).

Tobol Kostanay v FC Taraz 1-0 (0-0)
01/05/2016, Zatobolets Stadium (Zatobolsk). Att: 3,000. Ref: Duzmambetov (Ust-Kamenogorsk).
Tobol: Loginovsky, Kurgulin (Miroshnichenko 65), Kassaï, Yavorskyi, Glavina, Mukhutdinov, Zhumaskaliyev, Dosmagambetov (Jalilov 69), Deac, Simkovic (N'Diaye 80), Dudchenko. HC: Oleg Lotov.
Taraz: Grigorenko, Amirkhanov (Bayaliyev 90), Aitbayev, Vorotnikov, Nuraly, D.Yevstigneyev, Shakhmetov, Baitana (V.Yevstigneyev 59), Suley, Danilyuk (Rymtayev 73), Mané. HC: Nurmat Mirzabayev.
Goals: 1-0 N'Diaye (90+4).
YC: Vorotnikov (42), Dosmagambetov (53), Shakhmetov (55), D. Yevstigneyev (82), Grigorenko (89), Bayaliyev (90+3), N'Diaye (90+5).

Ordabasy Shymkent v Akzhayik Oral 1-0 (0-0)
01/05/2016, Kazhymukan Stadium (Shymkent). Att: 5,000. Ref:Kholmatov (Kyzylorda).
Ordabasy: Bekbayev, Kozhabayev, Trajković, Abdulin, Suyumbayev, Diakhate (Beisenov 84), Chatto, Tolebek, Nurgaliyev, Kasalica (Tungyshbayev 62), Junuzović (Tazhimbetov 62). HC: Bakhtiyar Baiseitov.
Akzhayik: Kalmenov, Tapalov (Abdrakhmanov 79), Sapanov, Kolunija, Khairov, Coronel, Shurygin, Sergiyenko, Shevtsov, Maltsev (Valiullin 74), Hromţov (Begalin 66). HC: Talgat Baisufinov.
Goals: 1-0 Tazhimbetov (72).
YC: Shevtsov (39), Sapanov (43).
RC: Sapanov (83 – 2nd YC).

Zhetysu Taldykorgan v Irtysh Pavlodar 0-3 (0-2)
01/05/2016, Zhetysu Stadium (Taldykorgan). Att: 2,500. Ref: Karlibayev (Uralsk).
Zhetysu: Shabanov, Adilkhanov (Mynbayev 63), Kadio, Klein, Shabayev, Mojsov (Sagyndykov 21), Amirseitov, Kalinin, Azovsky (Simonovski 46), Turysbek, Savić. HC: Almas Kulshinbayev.
Irtysh: Loriya, Freidgeimas, Kerla, Malyi, Akhmetov, Jirsák, Geteriyev (Popov 74), Gogua (Herrera 77), Fonseca, Murtazayev, Jallow (Fall 89). HC: Dimitar Dimitrov (BUL).
Goals: 0-1 Murtazayev (39), 0-2 Murtazayev (41), 0-3 Herrera (90+3).
YC: Fonseca (69), Gogua (80).

Shakhter Karagandy v FC Atyrau 0-0 (0-0)
01/05/2016, Shakhter Stadium (Karaganda). Att: 1,500. Rakhimbayev (Almaty).
Shakhter: Baginsky, Yermekov, Sadownichy, Arzumanyan, Nurybekov, Szöke, Skorykh (Yaghoubi 68), Ubbink (Tattybayev 82), Baizhanov, Zeneli (Vasilyev 76), Finonchenko. HC: Jozef Vukušič (SVK).
Atyrau: Narzikulov, Kuzmin, Muldarov, Lamanje, Damčevski, Korobkin, Essame, Shabalin (Baltayev 88), Curtean, Konysbayev (Trytko 66), Arzhanov (Makas 80). HC: Vladimir Nikitenko.
PM: Finonchenko (57 – saved).
YC: Kuzmin (74).

FC Aktobe v Okzhetpes Kokshetau 1-0 (0-0)
01/05/2016, Central Stadium (Aktobe). Att: 6,500. Ref: Antonov (Pavlodar).
Aktobe: Otarbayev, Kouadja, Petrolay, Sorokin, Sitdikov, Bocharov, Mikhalyov (Zhangylyshbay 75), Zhalmukan (Tsveiba 83), Kakimov (Azovsky 90+2), Kryukov, Smakov. HC: Yuri Utkulbayev (RUS).
Okzhetpes: Stamenković, Chertov, Chyzhov, Nane (Volkov 64), Nganbe, Ristović (Kozhamberdy 82), Kuksin, Chichulin, Yurin (Buleshev 60), Khairullin, Moldakarayev. HC: Vladimir Mukhanov (RUS).
Goals: 1-0 Smakov (73 – pen).
YC: Yurin (4), Sorokin (42), Kryukov (44), Zhalmukan (45), Moldakarayev (45), Ristović (72), Chertov (73), Kakimov (89), Volkov (90+3).

League standings

    Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 FC Astana
8 7 1 0 13 5 +8 22
2 Irtysh Pavlodar
8 6 2 0 17 3 +4 20
3 Okzhetpes Kokshetau
8 5 1 2 11 4 +7 16
4 Ordabasy Shymkent
8 4 1 3 10 11 -1 13
5 Tobol Kostanay
7 3 2 2 10 7 +3 11
6 FC Aktobe
8 3 2
3 9 12 -3 11
7 Kairat Almaty
8 2 2 4 7 7 0 8
8 FC Atyrau
7 1 3 3 3 7
-4 6
9 Zhetysu Taldykorgan
8 1 3
4
8
13
-5 6
10 Shakhter Karagandy
8 1 3 4
2 8 -6 6
11 Akzhayik Oral
8 2 0 6 3 11 -8 6
12 FC Taraz
8
1 2 5 6 11 -5 5

Top scorers

Roman Murtazayev (Irtysh Pavlodar) – 5, Samat Smakov (FC Aktobe) – 4 (3)

Upcoming matches

May 5 – FC Taraz v Shakhter Karagandy, FC Atyrau v Ordabasy Shymkent, Okzhetpes Kokshetau v FC Astana, Akzhayik Oral v FC Aktobe, Kairat Almaty v Zhetysu Pavlodar, Irtysh Pavlodar v Tobol Kostanay

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