25th-26th April 2020
Tajikistan Higher League
Istiklol 6-1 Kuktosh
(M. Dzhalilov 15 65, Soirov 61 83 90+3, Rahimov 68; Nazarov 81)
Istiklol claim 200th league win in second-half demolition of Kuktosh
Kuktosh sought to expose an Istiklol side that had scraped a 2-2 draw with Khatlon on home soil a week prior. Early high pressing from the visitors however, resulted in an abundance of space for the Lions to move in and out of, as the build up to Alisher Dzhalilov’s miscued overhead kick inside three minutes, had proven.
Alisher Dzhalilov latched onto a long ball over the top to set up Manuchekhr Dzhalilov who neatly tucked in on 15 minutes, to open the scoring. A slim 1-0 advantage at the interval, it wasn’t until the hour mark that Istiklol clicked into gear. M. Dzhalilov’s through ball cleaved apart the Kuktosh backline for Rustam Soirov to turn in and double their lead.
Five minutes later, M.Dzhalilov steered his second of the day into the bottom corner. Moments later, Muhammad Rahimov claimed their fourth as the ball found a way in through the legs of the keeper. Kholmurod Nazarov jabbed in for Kuktosh on 81 minutes, but Istiklol struck back immediately, as Soirov found a way through a huddle of red shirts to make it 5-1.
Soirov swept in for his hat-trick as the Lions tore through the dishevelled visitors at speed to make it 6-1 in stoppage time.
Fayzkand 2-1 Istaravshan
(Kurbanov 61, Murovov 67; Kodirov 45)
Fayzkand comeback to edge nine-man Istaravshan
Dushanbe-83 2-1 CSKA Pamir Dushanbe
(Fayzulloev 8 84; Bobiev 88)
Khujand 2-1 Regar-TadAZ
(Rikhsiboev 24, Bozorov 42; Ganiev 22)
Lokomotiv Pamir 2-3 Khatlon
(Khasanov 59, Sulaymonov 82; Uzokov 30 38 67)