0205 GMT August 15, 2020
Persepolis manager Yahya Golmohammadi praised his team’s performance in Friday’s 1-0 win over Mashinsazi Tabriz, saying that “hunger for victory is instilled into Persepolis players.”
Prolific winger Mehdi Torabi sealed the three points for the Reds from the spot in the 85th minute after striker Ali Alipour was brought down in the box.
The win, coupled with Saturday’s results, put Golmohammadi’s men on the verge of a record-fourth consecutive Persian Gulf Pro League title.
“It was one of our best displays – after the league resumption – in terms of ball possession and creating chances, as we’re improving game by game,” said Golmohammadi, whose side now sits firmly atop the table, holding a 14-point lead over nearest challengers Sepahan and Shahr Khodro.
Sepahan was held at home against Pars Jonoubi Jam after substitute Reza Khaleqifar scored with five minutes left on the clock to cancel out Mohommadreza Hosseini’s first-half opener for the Isfahan-based club.
In Mashhad, Shahr Khodro led for the better part of the game – courtesy of Ali Nemati’s ninth-minute strike – before ex-Esteghlal defender Armin Sohrabian scored a last-gasp equalizer in the 96th minute.
“There are still six games – and 18 points – ahead of us, and I’ve told my players not to get overconfident, as it could lead to the decline of the team,” added the 49-year-old manager.
Battle for berths
Elsewhere on Sunday, Esteghlal – which missed several players to positive coronavirus test results – and Tractor, both in contention for next year’s AFC Champions League spots, shared the spoils in a goalless tie at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.
In two decisive fixtures in the relegation battle, Zob Ahan routed bottom-side Shahin Shahrdari 5-1 in Bushehr to jump up to 10th place in the 16-team table, while Paykan beat Golgohar Sirjan 2-0 at home to move out of the relegation zone, changing place with Majid Jalali’s side.