Tehran Times - Esteghlal football team defeated Saipa 2-1 to move up to fifth place in the Iran Professional League table.
On Friday, the Blues earned their third victory in the current season, beating Saipa 2-1 in Tehran’s Takhti Stadium.
Ali Dashti put Saipa into the lead just seven minutes into the match after dribbling past four Esteghlal players but Mohammad Daneshgar equalized the match in the 23rd minute.
With nine minutes remaining, Vouria Ghafouri found the back of the net for Esteghlal from the penalty spot.
Esteghlal moved to fifth place with six points adrift of top.
Also, Machine Sazi was held to a 1-1 draw by Naft Masjed Soleyman, Sepidrood Rasht played out a goalless draw against Zob Ahan, Sepahan defeated 3-2 Nassaji and Pars Jonoubi beat Esteghlal Khuzestan 2-0.
On Thursday IPL leader Padideh beat Foolad 2-0 to cement their place at the top.
On Saturday, Sanat Naft will host Tractor Sazi in Abadan.
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