Persepolis move back to top of IPL table

November 25, 2017

Persepolis football team returned to the top of the Iran Professional League (IPL) table with a late win over pacesetters Pars Jonoubi on Saturday.

Ali Mosleh, who came off the bench in the last minutes, scored the winner in the dying moments of the match.

With one game in hand, Persepolis moved back to top of the table with 27 points, two points clear of Pars Jonoubi.

“I am so happy because we have defeated one of the best Iranian teams. I had already told my players Pars Jonoubi are a hard-working, competitive and disciplined team. To create scoring chance against the team is very difficult,” Persepolis coach Branko Ivankovic said in the post-match news conference.

“I think we were the better team and deserved to win the match. I congratulate this win to my players for believing that the win was possible,” the Croat added.

Esteghlal also defeated Gostaresh Foolad 2-0 in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium thank to a brace from Farshid Esmaeili.

It was the Blues’ fourth win in the current season after 13 weeks.

Elsewhere, Zob Ahan suffered a 1-0 home loss to Foolad.

Tractor Sazi defeated Sepidrood 2-1 in Tabriz and Saipa edged past Siahjamegan 1-0.

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