Vysshaya Liga • Day 3
  • 2nd Half
  • Energetik-BGU
  • FC Minsk
  • Yakhshiboev
  • 1st Half
  • Energetik-BGU
  • FC Minsk
  • Nosko

Energetik-BGU - FC Minsk

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  • End of 2nd Half

And that's that. BGU beat local rivals FC Minsk 2-0, meaning after three matches the hosts have nine points from nine.

Stay tuned on Eurosport for the report and feature - it certainly has been a learning curve, and it feels to bizarre to blog an actual live match during the pandemic, so let's see how long the Belarusian show will go on...



That's game over. BGU go on the break, and it's No.7 Jakhshibaev (or Yakhshiboev) who bears down on goal before squeezing the ball in from a narrow angle. He has been the standout player this afternoon, and that strike means BGU will maintain their 100% start to the season.


Into stoppage time... FOUR minutes added on.


Shramchenko has his head in his hands! A ball over the top finds the midfielder, but his touch lets him down. He slips, the ball gets away from him, and the chance goes begging.


SAVE! Sadovsky to the rescue for BGU as he keeps out Vasilyev's low attempt... it goes out for a corner.

OVER! From six yards out Khvashchinskiy can only head over, a difficult chance as he was stretching for it.


WHAT A SAVE! From that free-kick, BGU go on the attack and somehow Umarov finds himself with plenty of space as he gets a shot away, but Leonov is equal to it, making a fine one-handed stop as the ball goes over for a corner.


BGU relishing any chance they have to run down the clock. Nosko hoofs a free-kick forward while the ball was still rolling and that prompts the referee to blow his whistle and make him take it again. Clever.


Ten minutes to go and it's attack vs defence time as 10-man BGU try to protect their lead.


Now a sub for Minsk as they push for an equaliser... Vasilyev on for Prishchepa.


Pressure on BGU now - they've dominated this half, lead 1-0, but now find themselves a man down.

That has prompted a sub, with Atemengue - on a yellow himself - off and Umarov on to replace him.


RED CARD! BGU are down to 10 men! Musahagian is late with the tackle and that's enough to earn the No.18 a second yellow. He picked up his first midway through the first half.


And Leonov is now up, a little shaken, and the referee just wants to make sure he is okay to continue.

Play resumes.


Again Atemengue and Leonov clash.

A ball is played over the top and Atemengue can't quite get to it. Leonov gathers but he spills the ball after the forward's momentum means he collides into the goalkeeper.

Leonov is down getting some treatment.


All BGU.


Yudchits sends in a cross intended for Atemengue, but the forward is penalised for a push on goalkeeper Leonov after he punches the ball away.


SIDE NETTING! A huge chance for Minsk just as I say they've offered little all half...

The ball is played over to Ostroukh, who is in acres of space and has time to line up a shot from about 10 yards out at an angle, but he can only fire it into the side netting... The substitute is right to look disappointed with himself.


Minsk have offered very little this second half, to the delight I'm sure of BGU's five or so fans in the stand.


Tell you what, BGU's Junior Atemengue ain't half a tall chap. Quite clearly their target man up front, but this time he strays offside as he gets a header on target...

Google tells me he's 195cm, 6ft 5in. Tall.


Like the old Arsenal! The thing about Energetik-BGU is they always try to walk it in...

Jakhshibaev carries and carries the ball across the edge of the box, he eventually feeds in Mawatu but there is no time to get a shot away...


It's Tweh who gets an early booking this half after treading on the foot of Chagovets. Didn't look malicious, but he's now on a yellow.


A half-time sub for the hosts sees No.9 Yudchits on to replace Girs.

2nd HALF 

And we're back under way in Belarus... I'd say about five-tensfans greet the whistle with a chant for the mighty BGU, the boys in orange.

  • End of 1st Half

There goes the half-time whistle... with Energetik leading 1-0 thanks to Nosko's strike after 21 minutes.

Thoughts at HT? Not the highest quality affair, but Energetik deserve their lead. Tweh - their Liberian No.10 - looking particularly lively down the left wing.

We'll be back in 15 to bring you the second half...


HUGE SAVE! Not sure how the Minsk goalkeeper has kept that out! But he denies Atemengue with a superb point-blank save, with the ball looping into the air and just about going over the bar.

Three minutes added on...


Gribovski earns Minsk a corner... Energetik only half deal with it, but a mistake from Shramchenko gifts the hosts a throw-in, which they're in no rush to take.


Two corners in quick succession for Minsk, but Energetik weather the storm. I suppose it's time to bring out the classic comms line, the hosts will be happy to hear the half-time whistle. It has been all Minsk the past five minutes.


BLOCKED! As close as Minsk have come this half, but Sazonchik sees his effort from about 12 yards out deflect wide for a corner.


A cynical foul from Sazonchik leads the referee to go to his book - a first yellow of the game after he drags back Tweh, and that yellow draws a splatter of applause from the home crowd.


Vasyliev is unable to continue, and so Ostroukh is on to replace the defender.


Minsk's Vasyliev is hobbling and will go off for some treatment. In the meantime, it's 11 v 10.


Very nearly a second for Energetik after Tweh sends in a delightful cross, but it's headed away just before Svirepa can get to it.


Remarkably, we have a tweet of the goal, from @BelarusianPL - enjoy...


Minsk have been a bit better since going a goal down, but the closest they have gone in the past few minutes is Vasyliev heading well over.


Musahagian goes in the book and it's a free-kick for Minsk some 40 yards out, Yarotski swings one in and it's out for a Minsk corner.

The wind plays its part in blowing that cross all the way out for a home throw.


Pretty sloppy defending, and perhaps Minsk goalkeeper Leonov will be disappointed to have parried it right towards Nosko, but you can't deny Energetik deserve to be ahead.

  • Aleksey Nosko
    GoalAleksey NoskoEnergetik-BGUGOAL! Energetik take a deserved lead!  Jakhshibaev sees his attempt from a narrow angle saved, but it falls kindly into the path of captain Nosko, who strokes the ball in from 10 yards out!

GOAL! Energetik take a deserved lead!

Jakhshibaev sees his attempt from a narrow angle saved, but it falls kindly into the path of captain Nosko, who strokes the ball in from 10 yards out!


The attendance? It's tough to tell. The main camera angle shows three sides of the pitch, none of them have stands, while there is the odd fan scattered around. Hopefully a change of angle will make it more evident how many are behind the dugouts.


Slight break in play with Energetik goalkeeper Sadovsky appearing to be changing his gloves. A chance for the coaches to have a quick work with their players.


BLOCKED! Fast counter from Energetik and it's laid off for Tweh, whose effort from the edge of the area is blocked.


CLOSE! It's Energetik who are on top despite that one chance for Minsk. Jakhshibaev sends in a dangerous corner for the hosts but it evades everyone somehow.


Reassuringly, albeit bizarrely, they've shown a replay for an incident that led to a corner, so at least I should have two bites at the trying-to-work-out-which-player-did-what cherry.


CHANCE! It's a goal-mouth scramble inside the Energetik box but somehow the hosts prevent Minsk taking the lead. I'd love to tell you which player I think had the blocked attempt, but they've chosen not to show a replay.


And by supporters, there is one very vocal one in particular.... maybe for the best I don't understand.

On the pitch, it's Energetik who have made the more, er, energetic start, but we're yet to have a shot.


There is, unsurprisingly, no English commentary on my stream. I am instead being treated to the views and chants of the supporters nearest to the mic...


We've got Minsk in white, with a navy number for shorts. The home side are sporting all orange - a strong look, almost as strong as the wind which already appears to be causing havoc some three minutes in.


KICK-OFF! The match is finally under way...


Minsk XI: Leonov, Chagovets, Gribovski, Khvashchinskiy, Nasibulin, Prischepa, Sazonchik, Shramchenko, Vasyliev, Yarotski, Zaleski


The Enegergetik XI: Sadovsky, Atemengue, Girs, Jakhshibaev, Mawatu, Musahagian, Nosoko, Shkurdyuk, Sokol, Svirepa, Tweh


Okay, okay, okay... five minutes to go. So what do we have here?

It's a top-of-the-table clash in Belarus, albeit after two games played for both Energetik-BGU and Minsk, who both have six points from six.

Shall we try and find the teams?


"We are like another planet."

There's 10 minutes to go before kick-off, so we'll start counting down to the match shortly.

Here's a piece from Matt Law for the Telegraph, who spoke to Isloch Minsk Raion player Sandro Tsveiba about playing on amid the outbreak...

“In the world, something has happened, but, here, life is going on. We keep training and days are as normal, so nothing changes.”


This defiance means we find ourselves into the third matchweek of the Belarusian Premier League, and there is no sign of the league being postponed any time soon.

Reuters reported last week that the league have struck broadcasting deals with sports networks in 10 countries.

“This is an unprecedented situation,” said Alexander Aleinik, a federation spokesman.


“It’s better to die standing than to live on your knees,” President Alexander Lukashenko said last weekend. “There are no viruses here (at the rink)... I don’t see them.”

The number of cases has increased since Lukashenko - a keen ice hockey player - made these comments, but they have not been enough to halt sport, or enforce restrictions on public life.


As of April 4, Belarus' Ministry of Health said there have been 440 cases of coronavirus - 394 currently hospitalised, 41 recoveries, and five fatalities.


This is not your usual build-up to a football match. At this point, normally I would be sifting through stats, checking team changes, getting clued up on shirt numbers and names, and wondering what victory would do for both sides…

But we’ll get to that shortly (we have more than 30 minutes before kick-off), so first it’s worth taking a closer look at how the Belarusian Premier League is still going ahead.

Sanitary workers screen the temperatures of football fans before a 2020 Belarusian Premier League Round 3 football match between Dinamo Minsk and Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino at Dinamo Stadium

Live football! We should get excited… shouldn’t we?

Well. It’s not as simple as that.

Football fans across the world have been turning their attention to the Belarusian Premier League, as it is the only top-flight division in Europe continuing to play amid the coronavirus outbreak.

For some, whether the league should be going ahead is not even a debate, but Belarusian authorities are persevering, and as a result, the league is gaining traction.

Here, for the next few hours, we will follow a top-of-the-table clash between Energetik-BGU and Minsk. Kick-off is midday UK time, and Michael Hincks will bring you live updates as he quickly gets to grips with a league defying the status quo.