Gostaresh Foolad Upsets Esteghlal in IPL
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – 10-man Gostaresh Foolad fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium in Iran Professional League.
Esteghlal went ahead in the 14th minute after Mohsen Hosseini’s own goal. Nine minutes later Mohsen Karimi extended Esteghlal’s lead after his shot was deflected into the goal.
With two minutes before the interval, Gostaresh Foolad Brazilian striker Chimba pulled a goal back inside the area.
Gostaresh went down to 10 men in the 74th minute after its Brazilian goalie Fernando de Jesus Ribeiro received a straight red card for violent conduct following his crude challenge on Karimi.
With 10 minutes remaining, Alireza Naghizadeh equalized the match.
Earlier in the day, Tractor Sazi defeated Saba 2-1 in Tabriz and moved top of the IPL table thanks to a superior goal difference over Persepolis.
Padideh beat Machine Sazi 1-0 in Mashhad and Zob Ahan defeated Sanat Naft thanks to a hat-trick from Mehdi Rajabzadeh.