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FC Istiklol rout Ceres Negros FC, 4-0

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FC Istiklol blanked Ceres Negros FC, 4-0 in the first leg of their 2017 AFF Cup Inter Zone semifinals at Hisor Stadium in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Akhtam Nazarov opened the scoring for the host from in the 25th minute after beating Ceres’ goalkeeper Roland Mueller from the spot. Istiklol earned the penalty after Kota Kawase was booked committing a foul inside the box.

Istiklol would double the lead 20 minutes later with a strike from Romish Dzhalilov.

Istiklol completed its dominace of Ceres with two more goals from Manuchehr Dzhalilov in the 67th and 89th minutes of the second half.

The two teams meet again in Bacolod City three weeks from now for the second leg of the interzonal semifinals.
By Erel Cabatbat