Kyrgyz Republic

Dordoi secure back to back Kyrgyz Premier League titles

Bishkek: FC Dordoi completed their bid for a second successive Kyrgyz Premier League title in dominant style, sealing the championship win with a 5-0 success over Abdish-Ata Kant on Saturday.

Mustafa Iusuopv scored a double for Alexander Krestinin’s side, with Vahyt Orazsahedov, Mirlan Murzaev and Mamatziia Zholdoshov all finding the net as Alexander Krestinin’s side retained the title with a match to spare.

The Bishkek club were as many as eight points behind fellow contenders FC Alay Osh earlier in the season, but a consistent run of results and a league-leading 17 goals from Orazsahedov ensured Dordoi became champions for an 11th time.

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Dordoi had endured a frustrating week coming into the match, having lost the Kyrgyzstan Cup Final to Neftchi Kochkor-Ata last weekend before missing a chance to claim the title against the same opponents on Wednesday.

But those missteps were forgotten as early as four minutes into Saturday’s clash, as Turkmenistan star Orazsahedov opened the scoring for Dordoi, before Kyrgyz Republic Murzaev international continued his strong recent form with a second goal five minutes before half-time.

With second-placed Alay 2-0 behind in their simultaneous match against Neftchi, it now appeared certain that Dordoi would wrap up the title and the Bishkek-based removed any doubt by adding three more goals in the latter stages.

Mustafa Iusupov made it 3-0 in the 79th minute, with substitute Mamatziia Zholdoshov adding a fourth eight minutes later before Iusupov completed his brace and a comprehensive 5-0 win for the newly crowned champions.

Alay pulled off a remarkable recovery in their match, scoring three goals in the final 30 minutes to beat Neftchi 3-2, but it wasn’t enough to stop Dordoi - four points clear on top of the table - from winning a fifth title in nine years.

The 2019 Kyrgyz Premier League season will come to a close on Tuesday, with Dordoi away to Kara-Balta, while Alay will look to sign off with a home win against FC Ilbirs Bishkek.

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