Four goals, including a maiden strike from star signing Eren Derdiyok, was enough to delight FC Pakhtakor head coach Shota Arveladze, after his side continued their strong start to the 2020 Uzbekistan Super League season with a 4-1 win over FC Metallurg on Saturday.
Dragan Ćeran, Igor Sergeev and Jaloliddin Masharipov all got on the scoresheet for the Tashkent club, but it was the headed contribution of Swiss substitute Derdiyok, who joined from Turkish outfit Goztepe in January, which earned the most attention.
The 31-year-old former Bayer Leverkusen and Galatasaray star’s looping 72nd-minute header was his first competitive goal in a Pakhtakor shirt, and Arveladze paid tribute to his new arrival’s impact.
The win means Pakhtakor sit top of the table on goal difference from early-season surprise packet FC Nasaf, who have strung together wins over Qiziqulm, Andijan and Surkhon after finishing ninth last season.
Superleague Matchday 3
Stadium: Pakhtakor stadium
Referee: Jasur Mukhtorov