The central match of the second round of the championship of Turkmenistan on football between the current champion "Altyn Asyr" and the silver medalist of last year's championship "Ahal" complete in a draw - 1:1.
The match of the two best clubs in the country, which took place in Buzmeyin etrap of the capital city, was of great interest among the fans. About 2,000 people gathered in the stands of the local stadium "Sport Toplumy".
Both teams started with victories in the championship: "Ahal" defeated the "Nebitchi" from Balkanabat in Ashgabat - 7:0, and "Altyn Asyr" defeated Mary "Energetik" - 1:0.
Contrary to expectations, the match of the main contenders for the championship was not full of scoring chances, and the teams went to the break with the score 0:0.
As soon as the second half began, as in the 47th minute the hosts missed a real opportunity to come forward. After cross from the right wing, Altymurad Annadurdyev from 7 meters hit the header. Knocking the ball out of an empty goal defender Shohrat Soyunov saved "Akhal" from the inevitable goal.
And yet, in the 58th minute, another mistake in the defense of the guests allowed Murad Annaev to run one on one with goalkeeper Rasul Charyev and put Altyn Asyr ahead - 1:0. This is the second goal of M. Annaev in the second match in a row, which indicates the serious intentions of the football player to compete this year for the prize of the best scorer.
However, the team of the agency "Turkmenaragatnashyk" could not keep the victory. 7 minutes before the end of regular time, Arslanmurad Amanov from the left wing performed the perfect pass to Resul Hojaev, and he accurately hit the header to the corner of the goal to the left of Memed Orazmukhamedov. In the remaining time, the score was unchanged 1:1.
After this game, "Ahal" and "Altyn Asyr" had 4 points each. The leaders in the championship "Shagadam" and "Merv" have 6 points.
The third round of the national football championship will begin on August 11th with the match "Kopetdag" - "Nebitchi", and will end on August 12th with the matches "Ahal" - "Energetik", "Shagadam" - "Altyn Asyr" and "Merv" - "Ashgabat".