Persepolis downed 4-3 against Rah Ahan, IPL scores (Video)
Persepolis has suffered a 4-3 home loss against Rah Ahan in the 32nd week of the Iranian Premier League (IPL) to stand only one step out of the relegation zone.
The Reds tasted their 12th loss of the season in the penultimate week of league at Tehran’s Azadi stadium on Sunday.
The first half of the match ended 2-1 for the guests, as Bahador Abdi opened the scoring for Rah Ahan in the 19th minute, which was answered two minutes later by the Reds’ Libyan striker Eamon Zayed, but Abdi took the lead again just before the half time for Rah Ahan.
In the second half, Hossein Kazemi scored Rah Ahan’s third of the day from the penalty spot in the 74th minute and only three minutes later Abdi completed a hat-trick to add to the Reds’ misery.
Persepolis players then woke up to reduce the margin as Zayed scored two consolation goals for the Reds in the 82nd and 87th minutes, which turned out ultimately in vain.
In other matches of the day, the league pacesetter Sepahan was held scoreless against Zob Ahan, Teraktorsazi also drew 0-0 against Mes Sarcheshmeh, Esteqlal defeated Naft Abadan 2-1, Naft Tehran edged out Damash 1-0, Malavan blanked Foulad with two goals, Shahrdari drew 0-0 against Fajr Sepasi, Shahin tied with Saipa 2-2, and Saba and Mes played out to a 1-1 draw.
With one week left in the current season of the IPL, Sepahan leads the table with 66 points, followed by Teraktorsazi and Esteqlal both with 63 points.
On Friday, Sepahan is scheduled to take on rock-bottom Mes Sarcheshmeh, Teraktorsazi will meet Malavan, and Esteqlal is going to play against Naft Tehran.
The champion of the league will be decided in the last week among the top three teams, but Mes Sarcheshmeh, Shahin, and Shahrdari are relegated.
IPL Table:06/05/2012 @ 07:44AM PDT