Iran’s professional football club Esteghlal has won the 84th Tehran Derby 3-2 against arch-rival Persepolis in Tehran’s Azadi Sport Complex.
Known as the Red-Blue Derby, the match between the two prominent Tehran clubs was breathtaking held in the presence of 80,000 spectators, in the 21st week of Persian Gulf Pro League, which is the highest level of the Iranian football league system.
Alireza Mansourian’s blue-clad men could defeat the Reds 3-2 in an exhilarating match, major cross-town derby in the league, officiated by internationally recognized football referee Alireza Faghani, on Sunday.
The game kicked off at 3:08 p.m. local time (1122 GMT) at Azadi Stadium, western Tehran.
Persepolis gained early advantage with Soroush Rafiee’s goal in the fifth minute of the match.
It was in the 17th minute that Persepolis made a ghastly mistake, and created an excellent opening for Esteghlal midfielder Farshid Esmaeili to penetrate and tack the equalizer.
Two minutes later Esteghlal took the lead by Ali Qorbani’s header which sent the ball into the goal far from the keeper’s reach.
Both teams continued attacking and pressuring the other’s defense, but it was Esteghlal again that scored for the third time with an accurate shot by its best scorer of the season Kaveh Rezaei, just a minute before end of the first half.
Persepolis captain Seyyed Jalal Hosseini finally pulled a goal back in the 93rd minute, before Esteghlal goalie Mehdi Rahmati was shown the second yellow card and subsequently sent off the pitch.