Nasaf 2-3 Pakhtakor
It’s unfortunate that when you play one of your best games of the season in an attempt to unearth the form of the last campaign you come up against the league leaders.
Pakhator are in irresistible form and even against an inspired Nasaf they had enough to overcome a significant challenge posed by a home side supported by a passionate partisan crowd.
After taking the lead in the second minute through Jaloliddin Masharipov, Nasaf immediately equalised when Golib Gaybullaev found the target.
Then as Pakhator pushed up their defensive line was caught out and in ruthless efficient fashion Bobur Abdukhalikov put Nasaf in-front just before half-time.
But never discount this Pakhator side. Even before the whistle had blown for the break they still somehow managed to hit a sucker punch into the baying fans, Esmael Goncalves finishing off a fluid move.
For a while it looked like the match would then end in a Desmond but a crucial penalty decision was given to Pakhator and Goncalves sealed the win from the spot.
Lokomotiv Tashkent 3-1 Buxoro
Lokomotiv continued their fine run of form with yet another win against a Buxoro side who have now lost their last three.
From the first few minutes there was the sense that the away side stood little chance against a free flowing Lokomotiv engine.
Although the away side did well to solidify the midfield in what was a difficult match their resistance was broken in the 26th minute when Ikram Alibaev found the net.
With one came two. Just moments after Sardor Mirzaev doubled their advantage and even though Arslanmyrat Amanow pulled a goal back for Buxoro it was not enough as they suffered yet another defeat.
A third Lokomotiv strike from Marat Bikmaev put the cherry on the icing of the top of the cake as the home side track down leaders Pakhtakor at the summit of the division.
Navbahor 3-0 Qizilqum
Navbahor set down a marker to the league’s high flyers by thrashing Qizilqum in a high spirited and high quality affair.
Inconsistency has plagued the home side this season but against a side with a name perfect for scrabble they pounced on mistakes to leave Qizilqum dumbstruck.
The sense was that Navbahor would go onto add quickly to the score-sheet when Sardor Sulaymonov fired the fourth placed side in-front just after five minutes.
Yet although Qizilqum were just a single goal behind for the next 70 minutes there weren’t many signs that they would challenge so it wasn’t a surprise when Azizbek Turgunbayev doubled their advantage late on.
Then the sealer. In the 81st minute Dilshod Djabbarov rounded off his complete performance with a deserved goal to clinch the three points.
Sogdiana 1-2 Bunyodkor
So close but yet so far away. That must’ve been the feeling of the Sogdiana players as they trundled off the pitch after an agonising defeat to the powerful presence that was Bunyodkur.
While the away side were second in the table, just a point off leaders Pakhtakor, Sogdiana found themselves in the quagmire of fighting to stay off the foot of the table.
And for a while it looked like they could potentially climb a place into tenth, but after Dilmurod Karimov responded to Jovlon Ibrokhimov’s opener they could only stand and watch Filip Rajevac seal the points for Bunyodkor as he fired into an empty net from a few yards out.
Kokand 1912 1-1 Neftchi Fergana
Responding to adversity in any football match is a remarkable feat but to do it when you are the bottom club of the table is something else.
So when Neftchi, who haven’t won a single game all season, went a goal down away to Kokand 1912 just after the second half it looked bleak and yet another loss was on the cards.
Yet Neftchi did not roll over and two minutes after Giesjon Komilov had opened the scoring for Kokand 1912 Dostonbek Tursunov equalised two minutes later with an emphatic finish.
A good point for Neftchi but they still remain four points adrift at the foot of the division. Kokand 1912 drop a place to seventh.
Mettalurg Bekaband 0-1 Olmaliq
Only five points currently separate third to ninth in the Uzbekistani Super League so it wasn’t particularly surprising that when Olmaliq travelled south-east they somehow managed to scrape over the line against the form book.
Mettalurg went into the match unbeaten in three and were no doubt confident of making it four on the spin against an opposition who hadn’t found the net in their last three games.
Yet there is a benefit of scoring late in a scrappy game, and when Vladimir Bubanja powered the ball into the net in the 85th minute it was too little too late for Mettalurg who next play fourth place Navbahor.