In 1979 Dinamo Tbilisi played one more triumphal season after the last successful one. Nodar Akhalkatsi’s team won Soviet Crystal Cup for the second time. On August 11, the match between FC Dinamo Tbilisi and FC Dynamo Moscow at Luzhniki Stadium finished without goals. Our team beat the rival 5-4 on penalties. In the beginning, Nikolai Gontar saved his team from Davit Kipiani’s and Vladimer Gutsaev’s penalties. On the other hand Otar Gabelia repelled Aleksandr Makhovikov’s and Aleksei Petrushin’s penalties. After that Manuchar Machaidze, Aleksandre Chivadze, Vitali Daraselia, Ramaz Shengelia and Tengiz Sulakvelidze kicked successfully. Gabelia repelled the last penalty of Valeri Gazaev. Before the final, our team defeated FC Dynamo Leningrad 2:1, FC Zorya Voroshilovgrad 5:0, FC SKA Rostov-on-Don 2:1, FC Torpedo Moscow 3:0, FC Uralmash Sverdlovsk 2:0, FC Krylia Sovetov Kuybyshev 2:0 and PFC CSKA Moscow 2:1 in additional time.
Dynamo Moscow 0:0 (4:5 pen) Dinamo Tbilisi
Dynamo Moscow: Gontar, Lovchev, Nikulin, Makhovikov (C), Bubnov, Petrushin, Kolesov (Pavlenko 80), Manaev, Tolstikh, Maksimenkov, Gazaev
Coach: Viktor Tsaryov
Dinamo Tbilisi: Gabelia, Sulakvelidze, Chivadze, Khinchagashvili, Mujiri (Kikalashvili 61), Daraselia, M.Machaidze (C), Koridze (Kipiani 46), Gutsaev, G.Machaidze, Shengelia
Coach: Nodar Akhalkatsi
Booked: Tolstikh 112’
Referee: Myroslav Stupar (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine)