Lopaga nets brace as Dinamo Brest overcome Belshina in end-to-end encounter

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STARS ABROAD Lopaga nets brace as Dinamo Brest overcome Belshina in end-to-end encounter

Mark Kinyanjui 12:30 - 03.12.2023

The former AFC Leopards and Posta Rangers midfielder ended the season on a high, scoring a brace to help Brest finish mid-table.

Kenyan international Josphat Lopaga ended his debut season in Belarus on a high, scoring twice as Dinamo Brest overcame Belshina in a pulsating, end-to-end Belarusian Premier League encounter played on Saturday.

Lopaga, who opened the scoring at the very start of the match. and then in the 73rd minute, with the score 2:2, he scored the winning goal.

The talented speedstar even hit the post in the 63rd minute after being set through on goal before his shot unliuckily hit the post, denying him a chance to complete a hat trick.

Egor Kortsov contributed to all the three goals to underpin his creative prowess on the day.

For the first goal, Lopaga drifted in off the left flank unmarked before getting into the box attacking the far post, before Kortsov found him with a delicious pass across goal towards his left foot, and the former AFC Leopards forward could hardly miss.

Belshina equalized in the 38th minute through Ilya Kurkhachik after Belarus failed to clear the ball from their own box well.

Belarus went ahead again in the 59th minute through Mikhail Gordeychuk when he cleverly got on the end of another dangerous Kortsov cross from the right wing before slotting it home.

Belshina refused to be beaten, and had restored parity nine minutes later when Yao Leonard Djaha slotted the ball home after being set up nicely down the left flank, before the Brest defence failed to clear it well yet again.

Lopaga would however make amends for his earlier miss when he riffled the ball into the back of the net after Korrsov managed to scrap it to him following a moment of confusion in the box to give them all the three points.

Brest have now finished in 10th place. Lopaga has ended his debut season with four goals and an assist from 12 appearances.

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