Esteghlal’s Only Goal Enough to Beat Persepolis

The Blues had the majority of possession, but neither side ventured much into the attacking third in the first half at the fully-packed Azadi Stadium in Tehran, which hosted over 80,000 football fans
Vouria Ghafouri scored Esteghlal’s only goal in the 44th minute.Vouria Ghafouri scored Esteghlal’s only goal in the 44th minute.

Vouria Ghafouri’s strike proved good enough for Esteghlal to beat Persepolis 1-0 to win the 86th Tehran Derby on Thursday and prevent the Iran Persian Gulf Pro League leader from clinching the title six weeks to the end of the games.
Branko Ivankovic’s side came into the derby knowing that a win would sew up their league title for the 11th time but the Reds were outplayed and outmuscled by Winfried Schaefer’s men in a game that was watched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and former Dutch international, Marco Van Basten, currently serving as the FIFA chief officer for technical development.


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