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

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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