Kairat beat Irtysh away 3-1 in the second to last day of the Premier League.
Games against Irtysh have not been easy for Kairat this season. Even before the match it was clear that Irtysh were up for this game. Dimitar Dimitrov has everything in his hands to finsh third in the Premier League this season, which was a small addition to the motivation of players.
Irtysh: Anton Tsirin, Grigori Sartakov, Damir Dautov, Georgas Freidgeimas, Piraliy Aliev, Shota Grigalashivili, Kazbek Geteriev, Carlos Fonseca, Ignacio Herrera, Roman Murtazayev, Djiby Fall.
Kairat: Stas Pokatilov (GK), Stanislav Lunin, Timur Rudoselskiy, Cesar Arzo, Gafurzhan Suyumbaev, Mikhail Bakaev, Anatoliy Timoshchuk, Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (C), Andrey Arshavin, Isael Barbosa, Gerrard Gohou.
In the first time the weather was limiting factor in this game. Due to heavy snowing, the visibility was low, hence a slow start. First minutes of the game were without any dangerous attempts from both sides.
Midway through the first half the speed of the game increased, but not the quantity of attacks. Teams battled for the ball in the centre of the park and shooting accuracy of both teams was poor.
30 minutes into the game Gafurzhan Suyumbaev received the ball and dribbled into the box. The shot was well wide. Irtysh responded with a solo from Murtazayev who carried the ball forward, but his shot was saved by Pokatilov.
Second half was much more productive. The teams started to take more shots and it was beneficial for Kairat. After several shots from inside the box Gohou found himself with the ball and left no chances for the hosts goalkeeper – 1:0.
Irtysh was trying to level the game and had a good to chance to do that. Fall decided to take a shot, Kairat goalkeeper was there to save it. The away side responded with Arshavins's chance, but this time Tsirin had to do his job.
At one point, Irtysh had too many players attacking, that they forgot about the defensive bit. A club from Almaty caught Irtysh on the counter. Islamkhan was one-on-one with the goalkeeper and increased the lead – 2:0.
Kairat almost scord third goal. Firstly, Islamkhan supported the attck well and had his shot, and after that Acevedo's free-kick almost ended at the back of the net. Gohou did score third goal, but from the offside position.
Towards the end of the game Irtysh scored its goal 10 minutes to the final whistle. Carlos Fonseca's shot was accurate - 2:1.
Last seconds of the game Kairat sent the ball into the net for the third time today, Gerrard Gohou was first to the rebound - 3:1. Straight after that the final whistle gone
Kairat managed to get an away win at Pavlodar as they continue to chase Astana in the Premier League. Next game Kakkhaber Tskhadadze and his team will play at home against Okzhetpes on October 29, and Astana will face Okzhetpes and Irtysh.