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Shakhter Karagandy claim first Kazakh title

Published: Saturday 29 October 2011, 17.13CET
FC Shakhter Karagandy held their nerve to win a maiden Kazakh Premier League title from FC Zhetysu Taldykorgan while two-time champions FC Kairat Almaty went down.
by Mikhail Kozachkov
from Almaty
Shakhter Karagandy claim first Kazakh title
Shakhter Karagandy's players celebrate the end of their 19-year title drought ©Zhanay Zhumadildin

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Published: Saturday 29 October 2011, 17.13CET

Shakhter Karagandy claim first Kazakh title

FC Shakhter Karagandy held their nerve to win a maiden Kazakh Premier League title from FC Zhetysu Taldykorgan while two-time champions FC Kairat Almaty went down.

FC Shakhter Karagandy claimed their maiden Kazakh Premier League title after defeating FC Astana 2-0 on the final day of the season.

Shakhter had to contend with freezing temperatures and a sudden snowstorm, but the treacherous conditions could neither prevent their top scorer Sergey Khizhnichenko from breaking the deadlock in the 19th minute nor adding his 16th goal of the season with eight to go.

"There was no way we could afford to lose tonight," said coach Viktor Kumykov, whose side have ended a 19-year wait for a title. "Though the weather tried to stop us, we executed our game plan very carefully and that was the reason we got the result we needed. We have to thank our fans because they deserved this long-awaited success."

FC Zhetysu Taldykorgan remained second despite losing 2-1 against FC Irtysh Pavlodar to claim their first runners-up finish. It was a miserable day for Astana as they were pipped to third place by FC Aktobe who clinched a 4-2 victory at FC Ordabasy Shymkent thanks to added-time goals from Malick Mane and Vladimir Djilas.

While FC Vostok Oskemen were relegated before their last match, there was still hope for FC Kairat Almaty. But the two-time Kazak champions were restricted to a draw against FC Taraz and hence went down for the second time in three years.

Last updated: 31/10/11 10.21CET

Results

Kazakh Premier League 2011

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 13/11/2011 14:30 CET

29/10/2011

OrdabasyOrdabasy2-4AktobeAktobe

Nurgaliyev 29, Ashirbekov 45+1

Kostić 21, Averchenko 28, Mane 90+2, Djilas 90+4

Venue: Shymkent

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KaragandyKaragandy2-0AstanaAstana

Khizhnichenko 18, 80

Venue: Karagandy

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KairatKairat1-1TarazTaraz

Golovskoy 90 (p)

Nedashkovskiy 57

Venue: Almaty

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IrtyshIrtysh2-1ZhetysuZhetysu

Coulibaly 77, Maltsev 78

Ostapenko 22

Venue: Pavlodar

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VostokVostok1-3TobolTobol

Zhumakhanov 81

Gridin 38, Bekrić 65, Dzolchiyev 68

Venue: Oskemen

29/10/2011

KaysarKaysar1-0AtyrauAtyrau

Malkov 29

Venue: Kyzylorda

Standings

Kazakh Premier League 2011 Group 2

ClubsPPts
1FC Tobol Kostanay3232
2FC Kaysar Kyzylorda3227
3FC Taraz3225
4FC Atyrau3224
5FC Kairat Almaty3222
6FC Vostok Oskemen3217
Last updated: 13/11/2011 14:30 CET

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