Shakhter Karagandy’s twenty-two year old striker Sergey Khizhnichenko scored a stunning goal after seventeen minutes to edge out Georgia and hand a narrow victory to Miroslav Beranek’s Kazakhstan team in a friendly match in Astana. Khizhnichenko brought down a ball in from the right with a fine touch that turned the defender and set him up for a pin-point strike into the bottom right corner of the net from just outside the box. It was the stand out moment of a tight game in the Kazakh capital that saw the home team end their run of three successive defeats. Their opponents own dreadful run of form has now been extended to four defeats in a row and no wins from their last eight games, a sequence going back to September 2012, so they will be struggling for confidence ahead of their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers at home to France and Finland next month. The Kazakhs also face a pair of home qualification matches in September, with the Faroe Islands and Sweden due to visit.