First-half goals from Klodian Asllani and Paulin Dhembi gave KS Dinamo Tirana a 2-0 win in the derby against KS Partizani that puts them top of the Liga e Pare table.
Asllani on target
Asllani netted just before the half-hour mark, and Dhmebi seven minutes later to settle the match at the Selman Stermazi stadium.
Dinamo coach Faruk Sejdani said: "We could and should have scored more against Partizani. I believe there is no reason why Partizani should lose hope, taking into consideration there are still eight or nine games to play. I have a great wish to see Dinamo become the champions. From now on, I consider my team as strong pretenders for the title."
'Deserved the victory'
Partizani counterpart Shpetim Duro added: "This was a derby, and could have been won by both teams. But I admit that Dinamo deserved the victory. They exploited their chances better.
Former leaders SK Tirana lost ground on their rivals after a goalless draw with KS Besëlidhja. Tirana coach Shqelqim Muca said: "It was really a very tough match. The draw was a right result taking into consideration the way this game played out. The wind was a factor, and in some cases it hindered us both.
Defeat for Teuta
Fourth-placed KS Teuta fell off the pace of the capital clubs following a 2-1 defeat at mid-table KS Bylis. The visitors held the half-time lead through Arian Zere's 22nd minute goal, but late strikes by Alven Shehu and Sherif Idrizi's decided matters.
Vllaznia make up ground
That result allowed KS Vllaznia to make up ground on Teuta after a 1-0 win over KS Flamurtari. Edmond Dalipaj netted in the last minute of the first half to seal the win.
Luftëtari stay in touch
At the foot of the table, bottom club KS Luftëtari remained in touch with a 2-0 win over closest rivals KS Tomori. Early efforts by Dhijogen Muco and Edi Martini proved to be enough for struggling Luftëtari. There were also wins for other relegation-threatened clubs, as KF Lushnja beat KS Shkumbi 4-0 after a hat-trick from Artan Bano, while KS Apolonia defeated KS Erzeni 2-1.
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