Hazfi Cup: Esteghlal to play Sanat Naft in semis, Persepolis fails to advance(VIDEO)

(IranSportsPress.com-TehranTimes)- Esteghlal football team eased past second tier Iranjavan Bushehr on Wednesday to book a place in Iran’s Hazfi Cup semifinals.

Esteghlal defeated Iranjavan 3-0 at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran and will face Sanat Naft on January 1, 2019.

Sanat Naft defeated Esteghlal arch-rivals 5-4 on penalty shootouts on Tuesday.

Majid Hosseini found the back of the net with a header in the 45th minute.

Uzbek midfielder Server Djeparov made it 2-0 in the 50th minute and Ali Ghorbani scored the third goal in the dying moments of the match.

“I am satisfied with the win over Iranjavan Bushehr but I think we could have won the match with more goals. We have a difficult match against Sanat Naft since they have defeated Persepolis and it shows how strong they are,” Esteghlal coach Winfried Schäfer said.

Esteghlal Khuzestan will meet Khooneh Be Khooneh in another semi-final in Ahvaz on March 9, 2018.

Persepolis football team lost to Sanat Naft Abadan in penalty shootout in the Iran’s Hazfi Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.

Sanat Naft defeated Persepolis 5-4 on penalties after the match had ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.

Farshad Ahmadzadeh scored for Persepolis in the 26th minute but Ali Abdollahzadeh equalized the match just three minutes into the second half.

In a shock move, Sanat Naft coach Faraz Kamalvand stepped down from his post at the end of the match.

Elsewhere, Esteghlal Khuzestan qualified for the semifinals after defeating Tractor Sazi 4-3 on penalties in Ahvaz.

On Monday, Khooneh Be Khooneh had qualified for the semis after defeating Gostaresh Foolad 2-0 in Amol.

The Hazfi Cup is the Iranian football knockout cup competition, run by the Iranian Football Federation.

 

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