(Persia Digest) - The 90th Tehran Derby between Esteghlal and Persepolis ended with a 1-0 victory for the Reds on Sunday at Azadi Stadium.
In the matchday four of Iran’s Professional League (IPL), Esteghlal could gain the lead 20 minutes into the first half but Alireza Beiranvand saved Ali Karimi penalty kick.
It was an own goal from Esteghlal goalie Hossein Hosseini nine minutes to the final whistle gave the IPL’s reigning champion what they needed in this game.
The match was mostly physical with neither team playing an eye-catching football.
Esteghlal has not yet gained any win in this year’s IPL under Italian coach Andrea Stramaccioni.
“First, I have to congratulate my players because they played very well. Alireza Beiranvand saved a penalty in the first half and I believe that he is the best goalkeeper in Asia. I think we won an important match in Iran football and deserved the win,” Persepolis coach Gabriel Calderon said in the post-match press conference.
Shahr Khodro (9), Persepolis (9) and Sepahan (8) stand top of the table while Esteghlal sits 15th with two points.