1211 GMT May 06, 2021
Persepolis settled for a 1-1 draw at Nassaji Mazandaran on its return to the Persian Gulf Pro League on Friday while in Tabriz a Behrouz Norouzifard’s second-half winner saw Naft Masjed Soleyman beat bottom-side Mashinsazi 1-0.
Siamak Nemati scored in the 85th minute to rescue a point for Yahya Golmohammadi’s men, who stepped into the game on the back of last Saturday’s AFC Champions League final disappointment against South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai.
The midfielder drilled in the ball into the bottom-left corner to cancel out a Mojtaba Bijan’s opener for Nassaji, who headed home a Hassan Najafi’s free-kick with four minutes of normal time remaining in the first half – a first goal conceded by the Tehran-based Reds in five outings in the new season.
Nemati could have bagged all three points for Persepolis, only to see his rocketing volley from the edge of the box hit the post in the 89th minute.
The champion, which had last played in the league during a 3-0 victory over Shahr Khodro on November 30, might still feel satisfied with the draw as a heavy downpour on the rain-soaked pitch in Qaemshahr, northern Iran, had made it a miserable condition for a game of football for both sides.
The result left Persepolis in the 10th place in the table with nine points, five adrift of league leader Golgohar Sirjan with three games in hand.
Amir Qalenoei’s Golgohar was held to a 1-1 draw at Zob Ahan on the preceding day.
Saeid Sadeqi equalized on the hour mark for the visitor after Ali Dashti had given Zob Ahan the lead with 11 minutes into the game.
Also on Thursday, San’at Naft Abadan beat Tractor 2-1 at home – courtesy of a Hamed Mohammadi’s own goal in the 92nd minute – to go level on points with Golgohar.
Reza Khaleqifar had put the home side in front in the fourth minute before Mohammad Abbaszadeh equalized two minutes after the interval for Tractor, which suffered a first league defeat under player-manager Masoud Shojaei.