The match of the 22nd round in Mary between «Merv» and «Kopetdag» started the fourth round of the championship of Turkmenistan on football among major league clubs.
It was the fourth game of the opponents this season. In the first round on the field of «Kopetdag» won «Merv» – 1:0, in the second «Kopetdag» took revenge in Mary – 2:0. In the match of the third round, the teams failed to hit each other’s gates – 0:0.
The fourth match of the rivals began with the attacks of the hosts, who already in the 3rd minute, thanks to the efforts of Alibek Abdyrahmanov, opened the scoring. On the 21st and 30th minutes, Shamammet Hydyrov and Yazgylych Gurbanov scored each, and «Kopetdag» took the lead – 2:1.
In the 61st minute, Alibek Abdyrahmanov scored a goal from the penalty spot and equalized the score – 2:2. A.Abdyrahmanov now has 17 goals (4 from penalties), which allowed him to take second place in the scorers dispute. Didar Durdyyev («Nisa») leads the sniper race with 18 goals scored (3 from penalties). Begench Akmammedov («Kopetdag») closes the top three with 16 goals (2 from penalties).
The victory of «Merv» was brought on the 72nd minute by Orazberdi Myradov’s accurate blow. It is noteworthy that this is the second victorious goal of this footballer against «Kopetdag» this season. In the match of the first round, Orazberdi Myradov hit the opponent’s goal in the 75th minute of the game and brought «Merv» away victory – 1:0.
«Kopetdag» finished the game in the minority due to removal for two yellow cards on the 94th minute in stoppage time Bahtyyar Gurgenov.
Six rounds before the finish of the national championship «Merv» with 36 points entrenched in third position, ahead of «Kopetdag» following by 5 points.
Remind that Ahal is the leader in the championship of Turkmenistan with 57 points. The current 8-time champion of Turkmenistan «Altyn Asyr» is behind him by 11 points. In the 22nd round, these teams have yet to play their matches: «Ahal» – in Balkanabat with «Nebitchi», and «Altyn Asyr» – in Mary with «Energetik». In one more match of this round, «Ashgabat» will host the Turkmenbashy «Shagadam» at the «Nisa» stadium.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper