( | the-afc)- Makhete Diop’s 89th minute header secured all three points for United Arab Emirates powehourse Al Ahli as the 2015 AFC Champions League finalists handed Esteghlal from the Islamic Republic of Iran an agonizing 2-1 defeat in their opening meeting in Group A of the 2017 campaign on Monday. Omid Ebrahimi looked to have earned

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IPL Week 22nd: Persepolis, Esteghlal Victorious in Iran Professional League(VIDEO)

  ( Iranian football giants Persepolis and Esteghlal emerged victorious at 22nd Round of Iran Professional League (IPL) on Thursday. IPL leader Persepolis defeated Sepahan 2-1 at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium in front of more than 70,000 cheering fans. Mehdi Taremi was tripped in the penalty area by Sepahan Brazilian goalkeeper Lee Oliveira in the 56th minute

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Branko Ivankovic apologizes following defeat against Esteghlal

( Branko Ivankovic has apologized to Persepolis fans following the Reds’ defeat at the hands of Esteghlal. Persepolis suffered a 3-2 defeat against their arch rivals Esteghlal in Tehran derby in front of more than 70,000 spectators at the Azadi Stadium. “I am so sorry we could not make our fans happy in the biggest

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Xavi refutes claims against Iranian fans

( Al Sadd iconic player Xavi Hernandez refuted claims that some of Iranian fans are uncivilized. An Emirati side reported on Wednesday that former Barcelona midfielder was angry with Esteghlal fans during the match against Iranian team in the AFC Champions League play-off. According to the site, Xavi said he is displeased with fans’ behavior in

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Iran’s Esteghlal beat Al-Sadd and advance to ACL group stage(VIDEO)

( Former semi-finalists Esteghlal returned to the AFC Champions League Group Stage following a three-year hiatus after overcoming Qatar’s Al Sadd 4-3 on penalties following a goalless stalemate at the Azadi Stadium on Tuesday. The two-time Asian Club Championship winners had the better of proceedings against 2011 AFC Champions League winners Al Sadd but neither side

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Alireza Faghani to referee Tehran derby

( Iranian international referee Alireza Faghani will most likely officiate Tehran derby between Persepolis and Esteghlal next month. Ashkan Khorshidi and Bijan Heydari have been also nominated to officiate the derby but the referees have never whistled the important match so far. Alireza Faghani made history by becoming the first Asian referee to officiate the final

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Uzbekistan’s captain and attacking midfielder, Djeparov, joins Tehran giant Esteghlal

( Uzbekistan attacking midfielder Server Djeparov joined Iranian popular team Esteghlal in the January transfer window. The 34-year-old player has joined the Blues on an 18-month contract for a $500,000 transfer fee. Djeparov has won the Asian Footballer of the Year award twice, first in 2008 and the other in 2011. He started his professional

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Sepahan, Esteghlal Share Points, Tractor Sazi Victorious(VIDEO)

( Esteghlal was rescued by Behnam Barzay in its away match against Sepahan, while Tractor Sazi maintained pressure on Iran Professional League (IPL) leader Persepolis by defeating Naft Tehran. In Iran’s central city of Isfahan, Esteghlal drew 1-1 with Sepahan at the Naqsh-e Jahan Stadium. Jalaleddin Alimohammadi gave Sepahan a lead in the 70th minute with

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Esteghlal knocked out of Iran’s Hazfi Cup by Ali Daei’s Naft Tehran(VIDEO)

( Esteghlal football team lost to Naft Tehran 3-2 in Iran’s Hazfi Cup quarter-final in Tehran’s Takhti Stadium on Tuesday. Mohammad Ghazi gave Naft Tehran a lead from the penalty spot just three minutes into the match but Jaber Ansari cancelled out the goal in the 69th minute and the match went to extra time.

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