The players of «Altyn Asyr» again lost points in the fight for the title of champion of Turkmenistan, having drawn 1:1 in the capital derby with Ashgabat.
This match, which took place at the «Sport Toplumy» stadium in the Buzmeyin etrap of the capital, ended the 20th round of the country’s championship among major league clubs.
Agajan Altyyev opened the score in the 22nd minute, hitting the far corner of the «Altyn Asyr» goal with an accurate blow. After 5 minutes, the defending champion organized an attack on the right side, followed by a canopy into the penalty area of the guests, and Yhlas Toyjanov restored the balance with his head – 1:1. In the future, the team of the agency «Turkmenaragatnashyk» made a lot of efforts to build on the success. But the wards of Yazguly Hojageldiyev did not manage to win.
«Ashgabat» takes away points from «Altyn Asyr» for the second time in the current national championship. If the match of the first round between these teams ended with the victory of «Altyn Asyr» – 2:0, then in the second round match the rivals also played a draw – 0:0.
It is also noteworthy that the 2018 AFC Cup finalist loses points for the second round in a row, which significantly reduces his chances of retaining the national championship. In the previous, 19th round, «Altyn Asyr» could not beat Mary «Merv» away from defeat in the last stoppage minute.
For 8 rounds before the end of the national championship, the gap between the leader with 54 points «Ahal» from the trailing «Altyn Asyr» has grown to 11 points.
Merv closes the top three with 30 points.
In the next, 21st round, the leaders will play away: «Ahal» – against «Ashgabat», and «Altyn Asyr» – in Balkanabat with «Nebitchi». In other matches of the tour will meet: «Kopetdag» – «Energetik» and «Merv» – «Shagadam».
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper