Tehran derby: Persepolis lose to Esteghlal

March 1, 2018 - 19:35

TEHRAN – Iran Professional League (IPL) pacesetters Persepolis lost to Esteghlal 1-0 here in a lackluster match in Tehran derby on Thursday.

In the match attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the Azadi Stadium, Esteghlal edged past their arch rivals thank to a goal from Vouria Ghaffouri just before the interval.

Ghaffouri, who was named as the Man of the match at the end of the match, took full advantage of mistakes made by Persepolis’s defenders and found the back of the net.

Esteghlal held their shape in the second half and defended well.

“First of all, I congratulate my team because they deserved to win the match. Also, I think the better team won the match,” Esteghlal coach Winfried Schaefer said in the post-match news conference.

“The match with Persepolis is finished and from now on we concentrate on the match against the UAE’s Al Ain in the AFC Champions League,” the German coach added.

With five weeks remaining, Persepolis sit at top of table with 57 points, while Zob Ahan and Esteghlal are second and third respectively with 42 and 41 points.

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