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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiev Takes Cup Amid Squabbling

Verbal exchanges between the coaches of Dinamo Kiev and Spartak Vladikavkaz underlined the competitive nature of the Commonwealth Cup final, won by Kiev 1-0 at CSKA's indoor soccer arena.


There was more at stake Saturday than just the title of CIS soccer champion, renewal of an old Soviet league rivalry and the $42,000 first prize.


Spartak's Valery Gazzaev took exception to comments earlier in the week by Josef Sabo, his opposite number, when Sabo said Vladikavkaz was getting preferential treatment by organizers.


On the field, the Russian champion couldn't find an answer to Dinamo's Andrei Shevchenko. In the 17th minute, it took a nice save by goalie Zaur Khapov to prevent a goal off Shevchenko's powerful header.


But with 10 minutes left to play even Khapov couldn't stop the 19-year-old striker when he scored with a low shot after faking a defender out of position.


The shouting match between the coaches continued on the sidelines throughout the game in front of 5,000 tightly packed fans including President Boris Yeltsin, as both Gazzaev and Sabo had to be restrained several times.


"It was more than just a soccer match for us," said Shevchenko, whom Gazzaev tried to lure to Vladikavkaz last November, after Kiev was banned from the Champions' League for bribery.


Sabo, whose team refused to participate in the Cup the last two years, was noncommittal whether Kiev will return to defend its title next year.


"This is only an experiment with us, so I'll wait and see if it was beneficial to the team," he said.