Matches of the 21st round ended the third round of the championship of Turkmenistan on football among clubs of the highest league.
«Ahal» in the capital’s derby, held at the stadium «Nisa», won against «Ashgabat» – 3:0. Meylis Diniyev (4th minute), Didar Durdyyev (63rd) and Mirza Beknazarov (67th) scored once in the team of the Main Department «Turkmennebitonumleri».
The closest pursuer of «Ahal» Ashgabat «Altyn Asyr» in this round was visiting «Nebitchi» in Balkanabat. At the 29th minute, the hosts remained in the minority due to the removal of Arslan Yollyyev for two yellow cards. On the 30th, the captain of the reigning champion of Turkmenistan, Ahmet Atayev, opened the scoring from a penalty kick. On 73 minutes, Arslan Nazargylyjov leveled the game with a shot from a distance – 1:1.
At the end of the meeting, the ball hit the hand of one of the defenders of «Nebitchi», and the referee Berdimammet Atdyyev from Tejen appointed a penalty kick, which Altymyrat Annadurdyyev converted in the first stoppage out of 6 added minutes. After that, the «Nebitchi» players left the field, refusing to finish the match. As a result, according to the Football Federation of Turkmenistan, according to the regulations of the championship, the «Nebitchi» team was given a technical defeat with a score of 0:3.
Thereby, after the third round, the leader with 57 points, «Ahal», maintains a lead of 11 points from the second-placed «Altyn Asyr».
The third position with 33 points is held by «Merv», which, thanks to the penalty kick realized by Alibek Abdurahmanov in the 42nd minute, took the upper hand in Mary over the Turkmenbashy «Shagadam» – 1:0. The guests finished the game in the minority due to the removal of Mekan Ashyrov for 2 yellow cards.
«Kopetdag» is 2 points behind «Merv», having beaten «Energetik» Mary at home – 2:0. The fate of the meeting was decided in the first half, when both goals were scored by Yazgylych Gurbanov (8th minute) and Begench Akmammedov (16th) at the gates of the guests.
Didar Durdyyev (Ahal) holds the lead in the scorers dispute with 18 goals scored (3 of them from the penalty spot). 16 goals (2 from penalties) by Begench Akmammedov (Kopetdag). Alibek Abdyrahmanov (Merv) closes the top three snipers with 15 goals (3 from penalties).
The fourth round of the championship of Turkmenistan on football starts on November 25 with the match «Merv» – «Kopetdag». The 22nd round will end with meetings: «Energetik» – «Altyn Asyr», «Nebitchi» – «Ahal» and «Ashgabat» – «Shagadam».
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper