2019 AFK Cup: minimal victory of Altyn Asyr FC

2019 AFK Cup: minimal victory of Altyn Asyr FC

A meeting between FC Altyn Asyr and FC Khujand, Tajikistan, was held at the Kopetdag stadium in Ashgabat.

It was the match of the fourth round of the 2019 AFC Cup Group Stage, both teams are in D Group.

A 25,000 thousand seats capital’s stadium hosted the match, which began at 6:30 pm Ashgabat time; a judge team was from Jordan.

The first meeting of these teams ended in a goalless draw, although there were mutual-sided threatening attacks.

Today, Turkmen football players were in white, while their rivals – in red. The head coach of Altyn Asyr, Yazguly Hodjageldiyev, gives the last instructions to the team.

From the first minutes of the match, the cautious “developing attacks” on both sides began with rather dangerous moments at both gates.

Gradually, the players of Altyn Asyr took the advantage, which was ended with a goal in the 32nd minute. Murad Yagshiyev scored the goal.

Towards the end of the first half, the defender of Turkmen team Gurbangeldy Batyrov received the yellow card. The whistle of Jordanian referee Ahmed Faisal Mohammad Al-Ali set the interim result of the match – 1: 0 in favor of the team from Ashgabat.

The second half of the game began with the attacks of Altyn Asyr and in the 51st minute after hitting of Altymurad Annadurdiyev, who was playing under the number “seven”, the ball strikes the post. Unused chance.

In the 58th and 59th minutes, the guests from Tajikistan made double substitutions, and received the yellow card between substitutions.

In the 70th minute, it is time for Turkmen team to substitute the players. Resul Hojayev went for rest.

In the 75th minute of the match, after the brilliant pass of Ashirov, the author of the first and so far, the only goal in the match Murad Yagshiyev faced one-on-one with Khujand goalkeeper, but the excellent game of the Tajik goalkeeper saved his team from the second ball in the net.

Two minutes later, Ashirov was replaced by Nurmuradov, who played on the edge of Altyn Asyr attack, and, in the last minute of the match, the coach gave the opportunity to “feel” the ball to Annakurbanov, who replaced Annadurdiyev, who was in charge with left wing.

The referee’s whistle announced the end of the match and the victory of the Ashgabat football club Altyn Asyr, though with a minimum score, but it was necessary from the point of view of the tournament alignment. Our team scores three points and wins on points its current counterpart in D Group, ranking second in the quartet with six points. There is only one team ahead of Turkmen football players – Istiklol from Dushanbe, the champion of Tajikistan, who has just one point more in his assets with an equal number of matches played – four.

Viktor KARDASHOV