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.