Sogdiana 0-1 Pakhtakor
On paper this was easy enough for the league leaders Pakhtakor. Away to second bottom Sogdiana on a pitch that they all know too well.
Yet it proved a tad more difficult than expected but these are the types of games champions win if they are going to lift the crown at the end of the season.
Grinding out clear cut chances were tough but a penalty allowed Jaloliddin Masharipov to increase campaign tally to four and find a way for Pakhtakor to return back with maximum points.
They stay top by a point.
Olmaliq 1-2 Bunyodkor
Bunyodkor kept up the pressure on leaders Pakhtakor with a decisive win away to an Olmaliq side who just won one of the last five.
After the result in Sogdiana it was vital that Bunyodkor had to respond and do it in style.
They did just that early on with two quick-fire first-half goals from Filip Rajevac , and even when Zafar Polvonov pulled one back in the second half it was too little too late.
Bunyodkur remain just one point behind the table toppers.
Navbahor 3-0 Metallurg Bekabad
If you haven’t scored all season quite the way to make a statement is to bag three in one game. The name gets put on the map and the result is wholly beneficial to the team. If the defence can stand up that is.
For Navbahor that is exactly what occurred when Azamat Allaniyazov made quite the impression, opening his account for the campaign and the season on 52 minutes before adding to his tally just after the hour mark.
A third strike a few minutes before the final whistle was enough to send the home crowd into delirium as Navbahor won for a third game in a row.
Nasaf 2-0 Neftchi Fergana
It’s been a disappointing campaign for Nasaf so far as they languish in mid-table anonymity after previous campaigns in which they have never finished outside the top three since 2012.
Inconsistency has plagued the team this season and after a narrow gut-wrenching 3-2 loss to league leaders Pakhtakor Nasaf needed to respond. They did, but my word made a meal of it.
Neftchi hadn’t won a game going into the match but for so long stood tall and resolute at the back and looked like they would head back from Nasaf with a point in what would’ve been a frustrating 0-0 stalemate.
Yet as the game neared its conclusion Nasaf made the most of a golden opportunity, when Dragan Ceran found the net from the spot. Neftchi’s heads simply went and Nasaf then scored a second from a quick counter, Igor Golban putting the game beyond any doubt when five minutes before questions needed to be asked.
Nasaf move up to sixth and Neftchi remain four points off safety.
Kokand 1912 1-2 Buxoro
After a week’s break from action the remaining two matches of round 12 could take place and Buxoro responded to their critics in a highly eventful game.
It was the away side who took the lead in the 14th minute when Arslanmyrat Amanow tapped home, but Kokand 1912 responded immediately through Muhammadanas Hasanov’s strike.
Just before half-time Buxoro reacted themselves through Shavkat Salomov’s powerful effort but the drama did not stop there.
As Kokand 1912 pushed for a late equaliser tensions ran high and after a brawl between a collection of players Ergash Ismoilov was given his marching orders.
But the result is what counted and Buxoro are still just four points off the top in fourth. Kokand 1912 remain eighth.
Lokomotiv Tashkent 2-2 Qizilqum
Lokomotiv Tashkent lost ground in the run in for the title after Qizilqum frustrated them in a thrilling 2-2 draw.
It could have been much worse for Lokomotiv until Sanjar Shaakhmedov rescued them with pretty much the last kick of the game, but the writing had already been on the wall.
In just five minutes Qizilqum opened the scoring through Nemanja Jovanovic, before Husniddin Gafurov equalised mid-way through the first-half.
Artur Geworkyan then placed the away side back in the lead, one that they looked like they’d keep for the rest of the match.
But a last minute surprise shattered that idea. For Lokomotiv though they drop to fifth.