|Estghlal downs 10-man Traktorsazi||
TABRIZ – Esteghlal football team gained three valuable points in the match against Traktorsazi thanks to two goals from Mojtaba Jabbari on Sunday.
Iran Professional League (IPL) leader defeated Traktorsazi 2-0 in Tabriz’s Yadegare Emam Stadium.
Referee Mohsen Torki showed a straight red card to Traktorsazi’s player Ehsan Hajsafi in the 41st minute, since he believed the player handballed in front of the goal. Jabbari put the visiting team into the lead from the penalty spot.
TV replays showed the referee’s decision was wrong. Traktorsazi fans protested the referee’s decision, throwing snowballs into the field.
Jabbari finished off Traktorsazi from the penalty spot, after Fereydoon Zandi was brought down in the 18-yard box during injury time.
Esteghlal remains at the top of the IPL standing table with 46 points, followed by Sepahan and Traktorsazi with 43 and 42 points respectively.
Elsewhere, Shahin edged rock-bottom Mes of Sarcheshmeh 1-0; Foolad defeated Sanat Naft 2-0; Mes of Kerman was held to a 2-2 draw by Damash; Sepahan beat Sepasi 1-0; Rah Ahan saw off Shahrdari 2-1; and Saipa and Naft played out a goalless draw.
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