Esteghlal becomes runner-up at IPL, Saba Battery relegated(VIDEO)

( Esteghlal football team defeated Sepahan to finish runner-up in the Iran Professional League (IPL) on Thursday.

The Blues came from behind to beat Sepahan 2-1 in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.

Mehrdad Mohammadi gave the visiting team a lead in the 40th minute.

Jaber Ansari equalized the match on the hour mark with a header and substitute Farshid Bagheri scored the winner in the 87th minute.

Esteghlal finished in second place with 57 points, nine points adrift of IPL champion Persepolis.

Tractor Sazi came third in IPL with 56 points. The Tabriz-based team defeated Naft Tehran 1-0 thanks to Edinho’s injury time goal.

Furthermore, Saba lost to Esteghlal Khuzestan 2-1 and was relegated from IPL, Zob Ahan finished in fourth place after beating Padideh 2-0, Foolad lost to Paykan 2-0, Gostaresh Foolad edged past Sanat Naft, Saipa defeated Machine Sazi 1-0 and Persepolis lost to Siahjamegan 1-0.
Saba’s 13-year stay in the Iran Professional League came to an end on Thursday after a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Esteghlal Khuzestan sealed its relegation to the Azadegan League.

Meysam Majidi found the back of the net for Saba in the 37th minute from the penalty spot but Aliasghar Ashouri scored a brace for the visitors in the 45th and 88th minutes.

Saba joined Machine Sazi who was relegated from IPL three weeks ago.

Persepolis won the IPL title for the third time.

Pars Jonoubi Jam and Sepidrood Rasht have sealed promotion to Iran Professional League.

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