(IranSportsPress – Translation from Mehr News Agency) – Esteghlal won the first game in the Persian New Year against Naft Tehrah.
Winfried Schäfer allowed the national team players to rest in the start of the game. Esteghlal played with Mahdi Rahmati, khosro Heydari, Roozbeh Cheshmi, Armin Sohrabian, Milad Zakipoor, Farshid Bagheri (Minute 29 for Omid NoorAfkan), Bouyan (Minute 53 for Omid Ebrahimi), Jabarouf, Dariush Shojaeian (Minute 64 for Vooria Ghafoori) and Jaber Anasari.
Esteghlal played more offensive in the first half and had few good chances. Ali Ghorbani could have scored in the 5th and 14th minute but Milad Farahani, the Naft Goalkeeper, denied him. Jaber Ansari also had a great chance to score in the 18th minute, which was again denied by Farahani.
Despite Esteghlal Dominance in the first half, Mohsen Benkar scored in the 37th minute, taking advantage of Esteghlal defensive mistake. The first half ended 1 – 0 for Naft.
In the second half, Esteghal had even more dominance and possession, created a lot of chances to score. Naft was playing a complete defensive game holding on to the goal they scored in the first half.
In order to make the team more offensive, Schäfer substituted Omid Ebrahim and Voria Ghafouri, the two national team players, which ultimately resulted in the first goal where Ghafouri assisted Jaber Ansari to score the first goal.
Esteghal continued pressing Naft after the first goal. Omid Noorafkan scored in the 88th minute to complete the comeback and victory for Esteghlal.