Coronavirus: Tajikistan football league season starts on time - in pictures

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Teams line up before the match Tajikistan Major League match between FC Lokomotiv-Pamir v FC Fayzkand in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The league kicked off on Sunday continue despite the global coronavirus outbreak. Reuters

FC Lokomotiv-Pamir players pose for a team group photo before the match. Reuters

FC Fayzkand's Anvar Murodov in action with FC Lokomotiv-Pamir's Rahmatzoda Rahmatsho. Reuters

Players fight for the ball during the match. Reuters

FC Fayzkand's Sayedi Kovussho celebrates. Reuters

Players fight for the ball during the match. Reuters

A lone spectator watches on. Reuters

General view of the players on the bench. Reuters

FC Fayzkand's Dzhamshed Murodov in action with FC Lokomotiv-Pamir's Shukhrat Elmurodov. Reuters

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April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020

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Ehson Boboev scored in stoppage time to give Khatlon a 2-1 win over Istaravshan on Sunday as Tajikistan's league season kicked off on schedule despite most football around the world being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The match was played without any fans in attendance following World Health Organisation warnings that people in Tajikistan should avoid crowds, although the ex-Soviet Union state has not confirmed a single case of the coronavirus.

Football around the globe is at a virtual standstill during the health crisis with matches only being played in countries such as Belarus, Nicaragua and Burundi.

Khatlon, who have won the league three times since Tajikistan became an independent state in 1991, came from a goal down to secure their first win of the season.

Lokomotiv-Pamir were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw against Fayzkand with all the goals coming in the second half while Kuktosh played out a goalless draw against Reagar-TadAz in the other two games on Sunday, also played behind closed doors.

Champions Istiklol came from a goal down to beat Khujand 2-1 and win their ninth Tajik Super Cup in the season's curtain raiser on Saturday.

Updated: April 5, 2020 10:25 PM

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