News ID: 324395
Published: 1008 GMT October 02, 2022

Persian Gulf Pro League: Deja vu as late penalty gives Esteghlal win over Golgohar

Persian Gulf Pro League: Deja vu as late penalty gives Esteghlal win over Golgohar
Kevin Yamga (11) reacts after scoring Esteghlal’s winner from the spot during a 2-1 victory over Golgohar Sirjan in Sirjan, Iran, on October 1, 2022.

Sports Desk

Kevin Yamga scored from the spot in the stoppage time as Esteghlal beat Golgohar Sirjan 2-1 in the Persian Gulf Pro League, ending a run of 15 unbeaten games for Amir Qalenoei’s side.

Last time Golgohar had suffered a defeat in the Iranian top flight was also against the Tehran-based Blues on March 6, when the French striker converted two penalties, including a late controversial one, to seal a similar scoreline at the Azadi Stadium.

In Saturday’s game, Mohammad Mohebbi gave Esteghlal the lead on the half-hour mark, tapping in into the roof of the net from close range on a Payman Babaei’s low cross.

Mehdi Tikdarinejad drew the home side level with nine minutes into the second half when his strike from inside the box was saved by Hossein Hosseini but the ball lobbed over the line.

The two sides seemed to be heading for a draw before ex-Blues midfielder Amin Qasseminejad mistimed a clearance, bringing Saleh Hardani down in the box.

The referee’s whistle triggered minutes of row between the two benches which led to Esteghlal head coach Ricardo Sa Pinto receiving his marching orders, but Yamga remained composed to wrong-foot Golgohar keeper Mohsen Forouzan in the 98th minute for his third goal of the season.

The massive win also saw Esteghlal overtake Golgohar to move up to second in the table.

Elsewhere, a Vahid Mohammadzadeh’s spot-kick in the 18th minute was enough to give Aluminium Arak a 1-0 win against Malavan – a first home victory of the campaign for Seyyed Mehdi Rahmati’s men.

Foolad Khuzestan was held to a goalless draw against newly-promoted Mes Kerman in Ahvaz, while Zob Ahan ended the streak of six draws, coming out 1-0 winner at home against Paykan, thanks to Sajjad Ashouri’s 40th-minute strike.

Nassaji Mazandaran was the biggest winner of the day as the northern Iranian club ran riot by four goals against Naft Masjed Soleyman.

Ayoub Kalantari opened the account for the home side in the second minute before Hamed Shiri, Farzad Zamehran, and Mohammad Sharifi scored three goals in the space of 19 minutes in the second half to give Hamid Motahari his second win in his managerial debut season.


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