TEHRAN – Foolad football team has edged past Persepolis 1-0 to claim the title of Iran’s Super Cup.
Moussa Coulibaly scored the only goal of the match in the 18th minute in Sirjan, southern province of Kerman.
Persepolis suffered a setback in the 63rd minute after referee Muhammad Reza Akbarian showed its defender Mehdi Shiri his second yellow card.
Foolad midfielder Hamid Bouhamdan was also sent off in the 81st minute.
The Iranian Super Cup is an Iranian association football trophy awarded to the winner of the match between the Iran Professional League (IPL) season champion and the winner of Hazfi Cup. It is similar to numerous other Super Cup tournaments held in other countries.
Persepolis have won the title four times.
The tournament was held once in 2005 when Hazfi Cup champion Saba Battery defeated league champion Foolad 4–0.
The next edition of the Iranian Super Cup was planned to be played on 10 August 2007 between the 2006–07 league champion Saipa and the Hazfi Cup winner Sepahan but the match was cancelled.
Zob Ahan won the first Super Cup after its restart, beating 2015–16 IPL winner Esteghlal Khuzestan 4–2 after extra time. Persepolis won Super Cup title by beating Naft Tehran in Azadi Stadium in 2017.