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Nehru Cup: Kyrgyzstan sign off with big win

August 28, 2009 21:04 IST

Kyrgyzstan rounded off their campaign in the five-nation Nehru Cup football tournament on a winning note, beating Sri Lanka 4-1 at the Ambedkar stadium on Friday.

The Central Asians exploited a weak Lankan defence to post their first victory in the tournament.

Zemlianuhin Anton opened the scoring for Kyrgyzstan in the 35th minute following a low cross from Minsharchenko Vadim.

A minute before half-time Ildar Amirov increased the lead, making the best of Vadim's through ball from just over the half-line.

The Sri Lankans returned more forceful in the second session and when Chathura Maduranga scored in the 53rd minute to pull a goal back for them it looked as if Kyrgyzstan had a fight on hand. But that was not to be.

Goals from Mirlan Murzaev  (64th minute) and Rustem Usanov (69th minutes) wrote finish to the Lankan challenge.