TFF Cup 2021: review

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Istiklol were crowned TFF Cup champions for a sixth time in the 2021 edition.

Final

Khatlon 0-1 Istiklol
(Alexey Larin 90 + 4)

Highlights: Khatlon 0-1 Istiklol

Third-place play-off

Ravshan 1-2 Regar-TadAZ
(Murodov 86, Ganiev 24 53)

Semi-finals

Istiklol 3-2 Regar-TadAZ
(M. Dzhalilov 56, Ashurmamadov 77, Juraboev 82; Makhamadiev 5, Ganiev 26)

Highlights: Istiklol 3-2 Regar-TadAZ

Khatlon 2-0 Ravshan
(Gaten 33, 90+2)

Khatlon 2-0 Ravshan

Preliminary round

CSKA 0-2 Istiklol
Ravshan 5-2 Mastchoh
Barkchi 0-5 Khatlo

Istiklol 6-1 Mastchoh
CSKA 1-2 Ravshan
Regar-TadAZ 0-1 Khatlon

Ravshan celebrate victory over Mastchoh

Ravshan 0-4 Istiklol
Mastchoh 2-3 CSKA
Barkchi 1-2 Regar-TadAZ

What happened in 2020?

Ravshan clinched their second title beating Khatlon 1-0 in the Dushanbe final. En route to the showpiece, the second-tier outfit overcame Istiklol 4-2 in the quarter-finals, before edging past Regar-TadAZ 1-0 in the semis.

Who is Khatlon’s Naimjon Ibrahimzoda?

Player profiles, Tajikistan Higher League

The right back put in an outstanding performance in Khatlon’s matchday two victory over Khujand – serving up a pinpoint assist for the opening goal (watch below). Roaming the right channel, the No66 demonstrated terrific technique, shooting from distance and cutting inside to swing in crosses.

In Khatlon’s 2-2 draw Istiklol, Ibrahimzoda’s powerful long-range effort was spilled by the keeper to set up their opening goal. Possessing a dangerous left foot, Ibrahimzoda is destined to be a big hitter in the assist market this season and is likely to find his way onto the scorecard.

Highlights: Khujand 2-3 Khatlon

Who is Istiklol’s Wahyt Orazsähedow?

Player profiles, Tajikistan Higher League

Istiklol’s new No9 Wahyt Orazsähedow has scored two goals so far this season.

Starting his career at Russia’s Rubin Kazan, the 28-year-old has since played in Russia, Turkey, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. A Turkmenistan international, Wahyt Orazsähedow has scored five goals in 12 appearances for his nation. Last season, playing in Kyrgyzstan for Dordoi Bishkek, the striker scored 20 in 28, winning the league and the Super Cup.

Highlights: Istiklol 7-0 Dushanbe-83

Who is Khatlon’s Parviz Baki-Akhunov?

Player profiles, Tajikistan Higher League

The 21-year-old has converted in all three of Khatlon’s fixtures this season. Baki-Akhunov broke the deadlock with a poacher’s goal in Khatlon’s 2-2 draw with Istiklol, snatched the equaliser to spark a comeback win against Istaravshan, and flashed in Khatlon’s third against Khujand.

Highlights: Khujand 2-3 Khatlon

Who is Regar-TadAZ’s Dilovarsho Ganiev?

Player profiles, Tajikistan Higher League

Called upon from the bench in the second half of Regar’s 4-1 victory over Istaravshan on matchday three, Ganiev made quite an impression. The frontman killed off the tie, scoring two from close range including a cheeky dink over the keeper with the outside of his boot. In the starting XI against Khujand on matchday four, Ganiev netted his third of the season.

Highlights: Regar-TadAZ 4-1 Istaravshan

Tajikistan Higher League: Player of the Week

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Gameweek 1

Manuchekhur Dzhalilov (Istiklol)

Gameweek 2

Sorbon Afgonov (Khatlon)

Gameweek 3

Kuaye Godson (Khatlon)

Gameweek 4

Rustam Soirov (Istiklol)