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Five-star Altyn Asyr lift Turkmenistan Super Cup

Sunday, August 4, 2019
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Ashgabat: Reigning league champions Altyn Asyr FC have added another trophy to their growing collection, overcoming city rivals Köpetdag Ashgabat 2-0 to win the Turkmenistan Super Cup on Saturday.

The trophy, a play-off bringing together the country’s defending league and cup champions from the previous season, has now been won five successive times by Altyn Asyr, who are chasing a sixth successive Yokary Liga title this season.

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Currently fifth in the league standings, Cup winners Köpetdag gave a good account of themselves in the first half to keep the favourites quiet in a scoreless opening period, but Yazguly Hojageldiyev’s side assumed control after the interval.

A pair of Turkmenistan internationals made the difference, with Myrat Annayev opening the scoring in the 57th minute before Altymyrat Annadurdyyev (pictured below) effectively sealed the win seven minutes later.

The Super Cup begins a busy August for Altyn Asyr and may yet prove to be the first of many honours for the club in 2019, with Hojageldiyev’s charges currently leading the league and due to participate in the quarter-final stage of the Turkmenistan Cup later this month.

They have also advanced the knockout stage of the AFC Cup, where they are due to meet either Becamex Binh Duong or Hanoi FC in a two-legged Inter-Zone Semi-final on August 20 and 27.

Altyn Asyr became the first club from Turkmenistan to reach the AFC Cup Final in last season’s competition, losing 2-0 to Iraq’s Air Force Club in the decider in Basra.

Photos: AFC Files

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