Tehran Times - Ayanda Patosi scored in the dying moments of the match as Esteghlal edged past Sepahan in Isfahan in Iran Professional League (IPL) on Friday.
Esteghlal moved to third place after the valuable win over Amir Ghalenoei’s side at the Naghsh-e Jahan Stadium.
Earlier on the day, struggling Sepidrood defeated IPL second-place Tractor Sazi 3-1 in Rasht.
Mehrdad Bayrami opened the scoring for the hosts after Tractor Sazi goalkeeper Mohsen Forouzan made a blunder in the second minutes of the match.
Masoud Shojaei equalized the match with a long-range effort in the 23rd minute.
Meysam Ferdowsi and Bayrami were on target in the 33rd and 66th minutes respectively to seal a precious victory for Sepidrood.
Padideh also defeated Naft Masjed Soleyman 3-0 in Mashhad. Masoud Rigi scored the first goal in the 19th minute and Amin Ghaseminejhad scored twice in the 28th and 60th minutes.
IPL leader Persepolis will meet Saipa on Saturday in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.
Persepolis sit at the top of the table with 51 points, followed by Tractor Sazi with 49 points.
Esteghlal and Sepahan are third and fourth with 47 points, followed by Padideh with 46 points.
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