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Iranian Professional League: Round 29 (Day One) Results

Iranian Pro League

Malavan 1 – 1 Perspolis 

Perspolis travelled to the Caspian Port of Anzali hoping to tighten the screw on the two leading teams Sepahan and Zob-Ahn, but their hopes took a blow five minutes into the match when Mehrdad Oladi put the Sailors on top. Things took a turn for the worse in the second half when hosts Malavan were granted a penalty kick, but luckily for the Reds Malavan’s Philip da Souza missed from the spot, and five minutes later Captain Karim Bagheri leveled the match.

With 50 points in their pocket, Perspolis could fall an additional two points behind Zob-Ahan (52 pts.) and Sepahan (56 pts.) that will be playing on Sunday.

To make things worse for the Reds, defender Shays Rezaei was ejected from the match in the extra time after he received his second yellow. He will sit out the next match.  

Moghavemat 3 – 2 Esteghlal of Ahvaz  

In Shiraz Esteghlal of Ahvaz’s efforts to stay in the top league took a severe blow when they were defeated by Moghavemat.

Shiraz opened the scoring and took the lead twice on goals by Mohammad Iranpour and Mostafa Sabri, but Ahvaz leveled both time (Hadi Khanifar and Afshin Kamaei) until Behnam Afshegol put them ahead for good.

Tractor-Sazi 2 – 1 Steel of Azin 

In the most attended match of the week so far, Tractor-Sazi defeated Steel of Azin in Tabriz in front of 100,000 fans, and closed the gap between the two teams to three points.

The Tractor Makers took the lead in the thrity fifth minute on a goal by their Iraqi striker Jassim Karrar. Amir Shahpourzadeh leveled for Azin in the second half, but Karrar became the hero again when he converted from the spot for the home side.

Saipa 1 – 0 Abumoslem

In Karaj Mehdi Khabari scored a second half goal for hosts Saipa to all but ensure Abu-Moslem’s relegation.

Paykan 1 – 1 Saba

Paykan jumped on an early lead against Saba at home in Qazvin, but the visitors leveled thanks to an extra time goal by Saba’s Brazilian striker Diego Clementino.

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Iranian Professional League: Round 29 Matchups

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Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Round 29 of the Iranian Professional League will kick off tomorrow (Friday) with five matches and conclude on Sunday and Monday with the remaining four. With only six rounds left in the season there are a few interesting matchups to follow at both ends of the table. The top three teams will get a ticket to Asia and the bottom three will be relegated. So here we are going to take a look at a few of the more interesting matches. Read more…

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Sepahan settle for a draw in Isfahan, Mes get trashed in Ryadh

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Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – AFC Champions League Match Day 2 is history. The two Iranian clubs that were in action today failed to impress. Sepahan that was viewed by many to be the strongest of the four Iranian clubs in the tournament failed to impress at home, and the weakest and least experienced team in the group performed as expected in the face of strong opposition. Read more…

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Esteghlal falter and Zob-Ahan roar back in Match Day 2

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Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Halfway through Match Day 2 of the AFC Champions League, Iranian teams are still in good standing. 

Esteghlal 0-0 Al Jazira   

Esteghlal settled for a single point at home; although they could have and should have done better. They had the home field advantage and had a numerous clear looks at the goal. Of course Al-Jazira had their share of chances too. 

In his post match comments Esteghlal Coach Samad Marfavi expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance and suggested that injuries and fatigue from a tough domestic schedule had a part in their failure to secure all three points.

For his part Al-Jazira Coach Abel Braga also sighted injuries. He also credited Esteghlal for their strong aerial attack and suggested that they could have defeated his team if they had continued to send in more crosses.

Click here to read the match report.


Al Ittihad 2-2 Zob Ahan    


This was the tale of two halves. In the first half Zob-Ahan were timid, unimaginative, and looked uninterested, and Al-Ittihad made them pay for it with two unanswered goals. But some second half the Isfahani side came back to life. A couple of substitutions and some changes in tactic and they scored two unanswered goals of their own and earned a valuable point away in Jeddah. 

Click here to read the match report. 

Coach Mansour Ebrahimzadeh of Zob-Ahan is quietly proving to be one of the better coaches in Iran. In the post match press conference Ebrahimzadeh credited his teams near impossible comeback to their ability to calm down and recollect themselves after a very nervous first half. He complemented Al-Ittihad for strength and experience, and hoped that his team can live up to the challenge and manage to qualify from the group.

For the rest of the results and standings at the end of Tuesday click here.

Tomorrow Sepahan and Mes of Kerman will get their chance to continue Iranian clubs’ lossless streak against  Al-Ain and Al-Hilal in that order.

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AFC Champions League Match Day 2

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Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Match Day 2 of the of the AFC Champions League starts tomorrow (Tuesday) when Esteghlal and Zob-Ahan will play Al-Jazira (UAE) and Al-Ittihad (KSA) respectively. Then on Wednesday Mes will visit Al-Hilal (KSA) and Sepahan will host Al-Ain (UAE). 

Esteghlal vs. Al-Jazira 

Esteghlal are in a very good position to make a statement about their claim on a passage to the next round. The Tehran giants have been playing better football as of late although they may not have all the points to show for it. Al-Jazira are a good team, but they certainly lack Esteghlal’s pedigree and will be hard pressed playing in what will likely be a near capacity crowed in Azadi Stadium. 

Al-Ittihad vs. Zob-Ahan  

Al-Ittihad are one of the most honored teams in the region. They know how to win, and above all they know how to win at home. Zob-Ahan face a tall task.  The news out of the Zob-Ahan camp is that they are finding Jeddah heat somewhat of an inconvenience.

Al-Hialal vs. Mes of kerman 

With two Asian Champions League, Cup Winners Cup, and Super Cup titles each under their built, the Saudi club will be on familiar grounds at home, while new comers Mes will be playing in their only second Asian match. Mes should look at this as a learning experience.  

Sepahan vs. Al-Ain 

Although Al-Ain have won the title once in 2002-03 they will not be able to intimidate an experienced Sepahan on their home turf. Playing in front of their own fans, Sepahan will be eager to make up for the two points they let slip away in Match Day 1.

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And then a soccer game broke out!

Published on March 7, 2010 by in Iran

Ali Karimi

During the Saturday match between Steel of Azin and Saipa, Azin’s international midfielder Ali Karimi got into an ugly altercation with opposing players Majid Ayubi and amin Manouchehri and was subsequently ejected from the match.

He was later transferred to the hospital for a rib injury in a taxicab.

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Iranian Professional League: Round 28 (Day Two) Results

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Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – The race for the Iranian Professional League title just got a bit more exciting. After the three in the chasing pack won their matches yesterday, the leaders Sepahan stumbled in their attempt to keep them at a safe distance. To make even more interesting, the fifth place Steel of Azin also made a statement about their chances at the title in a fiery match against Saipa.


Tractor-Sazi 1 – 1 Sepahan 

Playing in front of 50,000 enthusiastic home fans Tractor Makers caught Sepahan off the wrong foot early in the game with a well executed counterattack and Farhad Kheirkhah played hero with a well placed strike. However, ten minutes into the second half the leaders struck back through a header by Ibrahim Toure. Both sides had their share of chances, but failed to capitalize. The matched ended a 1-1 draw. 

Sepahan’s draw today combined with a Zob-Ahan win yesterday cut their lead to four points with six matches left.


Saba 0 – 1 Rah-Ahan 

In very poorly attended match in Qom visitors Rah-Ahan were awarded a penalty kick on 54th minute after Saba goalkeeper Mehdi Vaezi brought down striker Farid Abedi in a one-on-one situation. Vaezi was ejected from the game and Milad Zanidpour converted for the visitors from the spot. 

Saba Manager Abbas Moradi and Assistant Coach Abdollah Veisi were also tossed from the sidelines for protesting referee’s decisions.


Steel of Azin 4 – 3 Saipa 

In an eventful and seesaw match at home Steel of Azin managed to secure all three points and keep themselves, at least mathematically, in the race for the title. 

Visitors Saipa took an early lead through Amin Manouchehri, only a few minutes later midfielder Mehdi Mahdavikia pulled level for Azin, and Ali Karimi’s double, one from the spot, put gave them a two goal advantage before the half. Ali karimi would not be around for the second half as he and Saipa’s Majid Ayubi were both ejected before the break. Karimi was later taken to hospital for what seemed to be a cracked rib. 

Less than twenty minutes after the restart Morteza Ahmadi cut Azin’s lead to half, and a few short minutes later Amin Manouchehri converted from the spot to level the score. But Azin were not to be denied on this day, and Mohammad Mohammadi gave them the lead shortly after. 

Click here for current standings.

At some point during the match Saipa Coach Mohammad Mayelikohan took his team off the field in protest to what he deemed to be biased refereeing. We are sure to hear more about this match in the days that will follow.

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Iranian Professional League: Round 28 (Day One) Results

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Afshin Afshar (lastkick.com) – Round 28 of the Iranian Professional League kicked off today. On day one of this round there were no surprises. The chasing pack of Zob-Ahan, Perspolis, and Esteghlal won their matches to keep the pressure on leaders Sepahan that will host Tractor-Sazi in Isfahan tomorrow. 

Here is a recap of the matches that were completed today:

Esteghlal 2 – 0 Esteghlal of Ahvaz 

Defender Amir-Hossein Sadeghi opened the score for Esteghlal to give the Big Blue the lead over their Southern namesakes. Mehdi Seyyed-Salehi doubled the lead in the opening minutes of the second half and Tehran boys never had to look back after that.


Abu-Moslem 2 – 1 Malavan 

In Mashad hosts Abu-Moslem took the lead ten minutes in thanks to a goal by Brazilian Geraldo Dos Santos Junior or Gelson, but only two minutes later the visitors leveled through Hadi Azizi. With less than ten minutes to go, Reza Nasehi put Abu-Moslem ahead for good. Despite the three points, Abu-Moslem remains dead last in the table with 24 points. Visitors Malavan sit comfortably in mid-table.


Pas 2 – 2 Paykan 

In Hamadan visitors Paykan took a two goal lead thanks to second half goals by Brazilian Luiz Carlos Nascimento Junior and Saeid Daghighi. But with two minutes left of regulation Hadi Asghari pulled one back for Pas and five minutes into extra time referee Alborz Hajipour granted the hosts a penalty kick which Yadollah Akbari converted.


Mes 0 – 0 Moghavemat 

After two successive and impressive victories in an AFC Champions League and Hazfi Cup matches, Mes of Kerman went back to their old ways and failed to get full points at home against a struggling Moghavemat. The single point was not enough to pull them above the drop zone. They now sit in the sixteenth spot on the table.


Zob-Ahan 1 – 0 Shahin 

Runner ups Zob-Ahan had to leave it late at home against visitors Shahin of Bushehr. The match was a nil-nil draw until Mohammad Hosseini scored the hosts’ winning goal five minutes into the extra time.


Perspolis 1 – 0 Foolad 

In the final game of Day 1 veteran striker Mohsen Khalili headed in the winning goal for Perspolis of Tehran giving them a 1-0 victory over visitors Foolad of Khuzestan. The match took place in Tehran’s Azadi stadium and 45,000 fans were in attendance.

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