|Esteghlal loses to Foolad||
TEHRAN – The Esteghlal football team suffered a bitter defeat to Foolad in Tehran on Wednesday.
Iran Professional League (IPL) leader lost to Foolad 3-2 in its home game at the Azadi Stadium but still stays at the top of the table.
Abdollah Karami headed the ball into back of the Esteghlal net in the 62nd minute but three minutes later Ali Hamoudi was brought down in penalty area by Foolad defender and Esteghlal captain Javad Nekounam converted the penalty into the goal.
In the 73rd minute, Arash Afshin gave the visiting team a lead after dribbling past Esteghlal defenders in the area.
Two minutes later Arash Borhani equalized the match with a shot from just outside the penalty area.
With two minutes remaining, Foolad defender Mehrdad Jama’ati scored the winning goal, where he carried the ball into the box and opened the goal.
Esteghlal remains at the top of the IPL standings table with 31 points, followed by Sepahan and Fooald with 30 and 26 points respectively.
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