The first round of the new football championship has completed in Uzbekistan, and the most interesting, of course, were matches of the "big four" teams.
Two five-time champions of the country: Tashkent "Bunyodkor" and Ferghana "Neftchi" came together in the opening match of the championship. The host team showed organized and disciplined game, and won with a score of 2:0.
Tashkent team began to put pressure on the opponents from the first minutes. And it has paid off in the ninth minute. Bahodir Nasimov, who got a place in the first team, having took advantage of a pass, went one-on-one with the goalkeeper and drove the ball into the net - 1: 0.
In the middle of the second half "Bunyodkor" have played a great attack. Dostonbek Khamdamov - in the center of the field with Minori Sato, oncoming from the left. Japanese footballer of "Bunyodkor" broke into the guest's penalty box, but he did not beat himself, and gave a pass to Eldor Shomurodov. The young striker gently hit the gate - 2:0.
- The team has played well for the first match of the national championship. We will analyze the game and work on the mistakes, - said Sergei Luschan, the head coach of "Bunyodkor" after the match.
"Locomotive" has also begun from the victory in the match against "Navbahor". In contrast to "Bunyodkor", they had to make a much greater effort to achieve the result. The first half was not remarkable, except from the penalty spot in the net of "Locomotive". The main events have taken place in the second half.
"Locomotive" has got hot, and struck the opponent’s net three times. Sardor Mirzaev was the author of the double, in the 68th minute Shoahmedov scored another goal. Near the end of the game "Navbahor" managed to bring down the score, but the team did not have enough time to excel.
- The match has start not very well for us. In the course of the game we have had to chase the game. If we take the game as a whole, we showed a good football. Due to control over the ball we have ensured our superiority. As a result, we scored three goals, - said Andrey Miklyaev, the head coach of "Locomotive".
The two principal rivals - "Nasaf" and "Shurtan" met in Karshi. Draw was registered only once in the history of confrontation between the two clubs. "Shurtan" missed an opportunity to improve the statistics, which is not in his favor.
Own goal of Sherzod Azamov in the 26th minute sent the Guzar club up. "Nasaf" played faster in the second half, created dangerous moments, which ended with two goals. The newly best player of the last season, Artur Gevorgyan, leveled the match with penalty, and Ilkhom Shomurodov closed the match in the 86th minute.
"Pakhtakor" hosted "Andijan" on the rights of the current national champion. The hosts took the game in hands immediately, and the last season's top scorer Igor Sergeev sent the team up in the ninth minute. Masharipov brought the score to 2: 0 in the second half. After the scored goal, "Pakhtakor" laid back a little. Nemanja Jovanović took advantage of gap in their defense and brought down the score. The game ended in favor of "Pakhtakor", which scored the first three points.
"Today we showed a good football. With the score 2: 1 we had the opportunity to score the third goal, but luck turned away from the players. The boys have relaxed a bit, but then caught up. We will have tough matches within the Champions League, where it is necessary to win both at home and on the road ", - said Numon Khasanov, the head coach of "Pakhtakor".
The following results were recorded in the other games, "Kokand-1912" - "Obod" - 1: 0, "Bukhara" - "Almalyk" - 2: 0, "Kyzyl Kum" - "Mashal" - 3: 2, "Metallurg" - "Sogdiana" - 2: 1.