Football players of “Ahal” became the winner of the first round of the championship of Turkmenistan, beating “Ashgabat” in the final match of the 7th round - 3:2.
The game, in which “Ashgabat” was the nominal owner of the field, took place at the “Nisa” stadium in the capital.
Already in the 8th minute, Abdy Bashimov brought “Akhal” forward - 1:0. At the 45th minute, Mirza Beknazarov scored the second goal, and the teams went to the break with the score 2:0 in favour of the guests.
At the 65th minute, Dovran Berdiyev scored one goal. However, in the 82nd minute, Meylis Diniyev again increased the advantage of the vice-champion to two goals - 3:1. Two minutes later, Merdan Muhadov, having converted a penalty, reduced the gap in the score to a minimum - 2:3, but “Ashgabat” failed to escape defeat.
After this victory, “Ahal” restored the gap of 4 points from its closest pursuer “Altyn Asyr”. After the first round of the national championship, the team of the Main Department “Turkmennebitonumleri” has 19 points, the current champion of Turkmenistan - 15.
Closes the top three with 13 points “Merv”, 2 points ahead of his closest pursuer - the team “Shagadam” from the city of Turkmenbashi.
The second round of the championship of Turkmenistan on football starts on the 2nd of September with the match of the 8th round “Merv” - “Kopetdag”.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper