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Belarusian Premier League roundup: Torpedo Zhodino thump Energetik, recoup top spot

Belarusian Premier League: Dinamo Minsk 2 - 0 Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino

MINSK, BELARUS - APRIL 3, 2020: Dinamo Minsk’s Marko Pavlovski (L) and Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino’s Vitaly Ustinov in a 2020 Belarusian Premier League Round 3 football match between Dinamo Minsk and Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino at Dinamo Stadium. The Football Federation of Belarus has decided not to postpone the national football championship in connection with the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, with the 30th season of the Belarusian Premier League starting as scheduled on 19 March 2020. Dinamo Minsk won the match 2-0. Natalia Fedosenko/TASS (Photo by Natalia FedosenkoTASS via Getty Images)

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The Belarusian Premier League – the only active European top-flight league at the moment – continued on Saturday despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Torpedo Zhodino 2-0 FC Energetik-BGU

Torpedo Zhodino are league’s best four weeks into the season, as they walked away with a 2-0 win over FC Energetik-BGU on Saturday.

Captain Andrei Khachaturyan opened the scoring in the 55th minute after calmly pushing in Gabriel Ramos da Penha’s crafty lay off inside the box. The goal came after a first half riddled with little bite with either side but lots of possession dominance from the visitors.
Torpedo, who were coming off a 2-0 loss to Dinamo Minsk, struck for a second time 11 minutes later, as da Penha’s strike from 30 yards out rifled into the top-left corner of Denis Sadovskii’s goal. The 24-year-old Brazilian’s second goal of the season should be considered as an early, leading candidate for goal of the week.

After staring the season with back-to-back loses, Gorodeya register their second straight win, edging a 10-player Dinamo Minsk by a goal.

Elsewhere in Belarusian Premier League

Gorodeya 1-0 Dinamo Minsk

Slutsk 1-1 Vitebsk

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