Two-Goal Spartak Star Becomes the Tournament’s Top-Scorer
Spartak Moscow came from behind to produce a last-gasp winner against 10-man Altinordu in a play-off to decide positions 5-8 at the Alkass International Cup.
Ilya Golyatov, who began the game on the bench, netted twice in the second half including a 90th minute winner and is now the leading scorer in the tournament.
Altinordu started very positively and Anil Doyuran had the first shot of the game. Skipper Enis Destan, the only Altinordu player to score in the tournament, then shot wide on eight minutes but he didn’t have to wait much longer to find the net.
Destan, who was badly missed by Altinordu when they lost to Aspire Academy in the quarter-finals, broke down the left and fired home on 12 minutes. His effort was initially ruled out for offside but that decision was correctly over-ruled and Altinordu had a deserved lead.
The Turks then had a great opportunity to double their advantage but Sarper Caglar failed to find any accuracy with his pass when Destan was in plenty of space.
Altinordu were in total control of the first half but Spartak went agonizingly close when Magomedemin Rabadanov sent in a curling free-kick that somehow eluded strikers and defenders alike and went just past the post.
Destan, who has scored in every game he has played at Alkass, went close to another with a superb chip that beat the keeper but his effort on 40 minutes hit the bar.
The Russians were given hope in the final minute of the first half when Altinordu midfielder Eren Akguney was shown a second yellow card for a tackle from behind.
Spartak, who had looked impressive in the early stages of the tournament, equalized on 69 minutes and it was two of their star players who combined for the goal. Classy midfielder Aslan Mutaliev put Golyatov through and he fired home from the edge of the box.
The same pair combined again just as the tournament seemed set for its first penalty shoot-out. Mutaliev’s cross from the left eluded the keeper and Golyatov had the easiest of tasks to tap into an empty net.