Persepolis wins IPL for the 3rd time, Esteghlal beats Saba to move to 2nd place(VIDEO)

( Persepolis football team defeated rock bottom Machine Sazi of Tabriz to end nine-year title drought in Iran Professional League (IPL) with three games left until the end of the season.

In the match held in Yadeger-e Imam Stadium, Persepolis defeated the Tabriz based team 2-0.

Ali Alipour opened the scoring for Persepolis just seconds into the match.

Persepolis could have scored more goals in the first half but its strikers wasted their chances.

In the 69th minute, Alipour was brought down in the penalty area and Mehdi Taremi scored Persepolis’s second goal.

Persepolis won the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2001-02 season.

The Reds won the title for the second time in 2007-08 in a dramatic match in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.

Esteghlal football team defeated Saba to return to second place in Iran Professional League (IPL)

On Saturday, Esteghlal football team beat Saba 2-1 in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.

Omid Ebrahimi gave Esteghlal the lead in the 18th  minute from the penalty spot.

10 minutes later, Keyvan Amraei equalized the match after dribbling past several Esteghlal players.

Saba was reduced to 10-man just after the hour mark after Hanif Omranzadeh received his second yellow card.

With three minutes remaining, Omid Ebrahimi scored the winner for Esteghlal.

Furthermore, Paykan lost to Zob Ahan 2-1 in home, and Esteghlal Khuzestan and Saipa played out a goalless draw.

Earlier on the day, Persepolis defeated Machine Sazi 2-0 and won the IPL title for the third time.

Persepolis leads the table with 62 points and Esteghlal is second with 51 points, one point ahead of Tractor Sazi.

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