IPL leaders Sepahan held by rock-bottom Esteghlal Khuzestan

December 15, 2018 - 19:13

TEHRAN – Sepahan football team moved back to the top of the Iran Professional League after a 1-1 draw against Esteghlal Khuzestan on Saturday.

In the match held at the Ghadir Stadium in Ahvaz, Sasan Ansari found the back of the net from a set-piece in the 24th minute.

Meysam Karimi levelled the match from the penalty spot nine minutes before the interval.  

“We could have scored more goals but our strikers squandered their chances. I don’t want to talk about the referee but I think their goal was not correct,” Esteghlal Khuzestan coach Karim Bustani said.

“We are satisfied with the result because Sepahan are a strong team and their position in the table shows how powerful they are,” he added.

Sepahan finished the first half of the IPL season on top of the table with 31 points over Padideh and Persepolis on goal difference. 

Esteghlal Khuzestan, in contrast, sit bottom of the table with two wins from 15 games played this season.

The Iran league resumes after the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The competition was scheduled to take place from Jan. 5 to Feb. 1 in the UAE.

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