TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Esteghlal football team was held to a 1-1 draw by Saipa in Matchweek 22 of the Iran Professional League on Monday.
Esteghlal midfielder Masoud Rigi was on target with a long-range shot in the 15th minute but the team’s defender Farshid Bagheri scored an own goal in the last seconds of the first half.
Esteghlal dropped to fifth place with 37 points, 13 points behind IPL leader Persepolis with eight weeks remaining.
In Ahvaz, Foolad came from behind to snatch all three points against Machine Sazi.
Babak Moradi gave Machine Sazi the lead in the 4th minute but Farshad Ahmadzadeh (16) and Luciano (63) scored for Fooald.
Foolad moved up to third place, 12 points adrift of Persepolis.
Sepahan also retained their place in the second place after defeating Gol Gohar Sirjan 2-0. Mohammad Reza Hosseini scored in the 9th minute and Mohammad Karimi made it 2-0 in the 35th minute from the penalty spot.