Persepolis closed in on a record-fourth Persian Gulf Pro League title on Saturday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Foolad Khuzestan at the Azadi Stadium.
Siamak Nemati sealed the 1,000th point in the history of the league for the Reds after his deflected strike found the back of the net midway through the second half.
Saturday’s triumph means Yahya Golmohammadi’s men – now holding a 15-point lead over nearest challenger Tractor – will only need two points from their remaining five matches to lift the trophy.
Indeed, should Tractor and Foolad – which currently sits sixth with a 20-point deficit of the top and two games in hand – fail to win their next matches on Friday, Persepolis will be secured the title without a kick of the ball in next Saturday’s game at Naft Masjed Solyman.
Tractor will play away to the third-placed Shahr Khodro with Foolad taking on struggler Zob Ahan at home.
“It was game of two different halves,” Golmohammadi said after his side’s fourth consecutive victory following the league resumption.
“We lacked concentration in the first half, but in the second half we did better with passing the ball and created clear-cut chances,” added the 49-year-old Iranian who replaced Argentine Gabriel Calderon in the midseason.
Under new Golmohammadi – who parted ways with Shahr Khodro to join the Reds – Persepolis has claimed seven victories in eight matches.