FC Gomel claimed their first Belarussian title with a match to spare after a 1-0 victory against FC Torpedo-SKA Minsk today.
Striker Gennady Bliznyuk scored the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute to ensure Gomel would take an unassailable seven-point lead over FC Dinamo Minsk into the final round. Five-time champions Dinamo, who last won the title in 1995, saw their challenge end following a 3-2 defeat at FC Naftan Novopolotsk.
Joy for Podpaly
Gomel, whose previous best finish was third place in 1999, have led the way for much of the season under Sergei Podpaly, in only his second year in charge. Podpaly said: "We achieved a great result. I hope we can continue it next season. I have to thank our sponsors and the whole city. Our fans became the team's 12th player."
Last year's champions FC BATE Borisov, who beat relegation-threatened FC Darida Zhdanovichi 2-0 at home, have a chance to finish second as they now trail Dinamo by a point ahead of their meeting on Sunday.
Lokomotiv in trouble
Meanwhile, FC Molodechno 2000 became the first side to be relegated after losing 2-1 at home to FC Dinamo Brest. Today's other results saw FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk run out 3-0 home winners against FC Lokomotiv Minsk, leaving Lokomotiv occupying the other relegation place on 21 points. FC Torpedo Zhodino achieved an even more emphatic result in front of their own fans by beating FC Neman Grodno 5-0.
FC Zvezda-VA-BGU Minsk took advantage of Lokomotiv's heavy defeat by winning 2-1 at home against FC Slavia Mozyr. Zvezda are now four points clear of Lokomotiv and three ahead of Darida, who sit one place above the relegation zone. Finally, although the result mattered little, the game of the day saw FC Transmash Mogilev edge past FC Belshina Bobruisk with a dramatic 5-4 away victory.
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