Tehran Times – MASHHAD, Tractor Sazi football team moved two points clear of Esteghlal in Iran Professional League (IPL) second place.
On Friday, the Tabriz-based team beat Padideh 1-0 courtesy of Hadi Mohammadi’s first half goal in Mashhad’s Samen Stadium.
In Abadan, Sanat Naft finished 1-1 with Siahjamegan and the match between Naft Tehran and Foolad ended in a 2-2 tie in Tehran.
On Saturday, IPL leader Persepolis will play rock bottom Machine Sazi in Tabriz and a win will guarantee them a title.
“We know that we have a difficult match ahead of us. Persepolis will take nothing for granted,” Persepolis coach Branko Ivankovic said.
Esteghlal will play Saba in Tehran and will return to second place if they win the match at the Azadi Stadium.
Elsewhere, Paykan will host Zob Ahan while Esteghlal Khuzestan meet Saipa.