|Persepolis beats Zob Ahan, Tractor stays atop||
TEHRAN – Mohammad Reza Khalatbari scored a brace as Persepolis defeated Zob Ahan 2-1 on Friday.
Khalatbari curled a shot inside the far post in the 20th minute. Ghasem Haddadifar equalized the match four minutes into the second half with the help of a deflection.
Persepolis put the visiting team under pressure to get back on track. Khalatbari gave his team a lead once again in the 57th minute. He was named Man of the Match.
Elsewhere, Tractor Sazi defeated 10-man Gostaresh Foolad 2-1 in Tabriz derby and stayed atop the Iranian Professional League.
Javad Kazemian and Mehdi Kiani scored in the 66th and 80th minutes and Alireza Naghizadeh pulled a goal back in the dying moments of the match.
Damash lost to Malavan 3-0 in Gilan derby. Saba was defeated by Naft 2-1 and Esteghlal Sanati and Mes drew 1-1.
On Thursday, Sepahan and Esteghlal played out a goalless draw. Rah Ahan was held to a goalless draw by Saipa and Fajr Sepasi drew Foolad 0-0.
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