Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Persepolis earned their second 1-0 victory in a row in Iran Professional League (IPL), edging past Zob Ahan here at the Azadi Stadium.
Persepolis defender Shoja Khalilzadeh, who scored an injury time goal on Thursday against Machinesazi last week, was on target once again.
He headed the ball into the goal from the corner kick in the 15th minute.
In the second half, Persepolis could have scored more goals on the counter-attack but the team’s strikers lacked the cutting edge.
With three minutes remaining, Milad Fakhreddini was shown his second yellow card.
Persepolis sit on third place with 27 points, two points behind IPL leaders Sepahan and Padideh.
“I would like to congratulate my boys, since they have earned 10 points from four matches after the final match of the 2018 AFC Champions League,” Ivankovic said in the post-match news conference.
The Persepolis coach also criticized the referee over his decisions.
“It’s very shameful, because the all decision went against us. In the match against Machine Sazi, our goal wrongly ruled out for offside. In this match, our players were shown yellow cards while they did anything wrong,” the Croat added.