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Kairat on course for glory

Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 8.59CET
Monthly review: FC Kairat Almaty lead the Kazakhstan table by six points after two key victories.
Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 8.59CET

Kairat on course for glory

Monthly review: FC Kairat Almaty lead the Kazakhstan table by six points after two key victories.
FC Kairat Almaty lead the Kazakhstan Championship by six points after two wins in four days took them clear of their rivals.

Double fillip
The key victory was Kairat's 2-1 home success against title challengers FC Irtysh Pavlodar on 17 October. They followed that with a routine 2-0 win against FC Ekibastuzets three days later, also at home, to establish a clear advantage at the top of the table with two rounds of matches remaining.

Race for second place
Irtysh, meanwhile, recovered from their weekend defeat to triumph 1-0 at FC Zhetysu Taldykorgan and move into second place above FC Tobol Kostanay. The latter club have lost form at the worst possible moment, dropping points in a 1-1 draw at FK Aktobe Lento before going down 4-1 at FK Atyrau.

No pressure
While Kairat's ascendancy is no great surprise, their rivals have failed to apply sufficient pressure on them. When Kairat drew 0-0 at FC Ordabasy Shymkent on 27 September - a rare slip - Irtysh were held at home by FK Atyrau on the same day. Then, Tobol, who had been tipped for honours this season, claimed one point from a possible six to drop out of the top two.

Key fixture
Tobol will have a chance at least to put the championship champagne on ice when they host Kairat on 30 October, before the leaders' final match at FC Yesil Bogatyr Petropavlovsk on 2 November.

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