News ID: 321797
Published: 1054 GMT May 22, 2022

Champion Esteghlal eyeing record-breaking finale in Iranian league

Champion Esteghlal eyeing record-breaking finale in Iranian league
ALIREZA ZEINALI/YJC

Sports Desk

Newly-crowned champion Esteghlal will be looking to put the icing on the cake in the remaining two rounds of play at the Persian Gulf Pro League.

A goalless home draw in the dead rubber against Aluminium Arak on Thursday saw Farhad Majidi’s men reach 64 points and another four will be enough for them to surpass their archrival’s record.

Persepolis finished its title-winning campaigns on 67 points in the previous two seasons – a highest tally since the number of the teams at the Iranian league was reduced to 16 in the 2013/14 season.

Esteghlal last won the league in the 2012/13 with 67 points – as well as Sepahan, which did it twice – but all three occasions came when 18 teams participated at the league.

Esteghlal will take on six-placed Mes Rafsanjan for its last away fixture of the season on Tuesday before a final-day encounter against relegation-threatened Naft Masjed Soleyman at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Sunday.

Should Esteghlal exceed the 67-point mark, it will bring more joy to the Blues’ camp, which has already registered the highest number of clean sheets (18) in a single season, while a number of 10 goals conceded in the previous 28 outings is four fewer than a season record jointly held by Persepolis and Esteghlal Khuzestan.

However, with all the records and numbers within reach for the Blues, there might be only a single objective for Majidi and his team to seek, as another two games without a defeat will mark an unprecedented unbeaten run in a whole season for them – a feat that may take years to be repeated by any club in the Iranian football.

 

   
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