[PGL R7] – Friday Digest: Mes shocked at home
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Posted on Saturday, September 29 2007
(Irankicks) Mes Kerman players walked on to the field of their home stadium on Friday quite certain that after a 90 minute battle three points would theirs. Shirin-Faraz Kermanshah players, however, had quite a different plan on their minds. The first ever top flight match between representatives of these two cities ended with a 2-1 away win for Shirin-Faraz. With Aghamohammadi scoring for the visitors in the 35th minute, Mes found itself catching up for the remainder of the match. When Molaei scored within a minute of second half start, the hosts’ prospects looked bright. But a 66th minute goal by Ataei was the last of the match and maximum points for the visitors.
Esteghlal Tehran settled for a 1-1 draw against Saba Battery on Friday, and found itself down in the 9th spot in the table. Saba’s Fazli headed in from a corner kick in the 48th minute for a 1-0 lead. Esteghlal’s Navazi, similar to many other occasions this season was the provider, and his free kick from 40 yards out eventually connected with Montazeri who headed in the equalizer. Saba Battery remained in the second spot with 15 points.
Esteghlal Ahvaz has earnestly begun inching up the table by collecting seven points in the last three rounds. At home against Bargh Shiraz, two goals by Bigdeli sent the visitors crashing. Esteghlal Ahvaz is in 7th place with 12 points, and Bargh slipped to 12th place with 8 points.
While Bargh experienced a five spot drop in the table, the other Shiraz outfit Fajr-Sepasi enjoyed the exact reverse in fortune. A 2-0 win over the cellar dweller Pegah at home saw Fajr move from 15th up to the 10th spot. Dehghan and Khaleghifar were the goal scorers for Fajr. Pegah’s 4th loss in a winless season so far has the Gilan representatives sewed to the bottom of the table.
Rah Ahan matched Fajr’s deed on Friday, finishing Round 7 in the 8th place, up five spots from Round 6. Akbar Misaghian leading Rah Ahan against his old favorites Abu Moslem was happy to see first win since Round 1. The home side had to wait until 63rd minute for first goal, scored by Taghavi. Asghari doubled Rah Ahan’s tally in the 74 minute. Abu Moslem dropped further in the table, one place and two points ahead of Pegah.
With its second back-to-back defeat, Malavan has to rely on the 11 points earned in the first five rounds to remain in 4th place. However, Saipa, which defeated Malavan 2-1 in Round 7 is now even on points with the Anzali side. Malavan went ahead in the 10th minute when Khodamoradi was on target. Seventeen minutes later an own-goal by Niknazar, coupled with a 50th minute goal by Zanitpor earned Saipa maximum points for the round.
Peykan’s bright start to the season has all but faded. A back-to-back 0-0 draw, this time at home against Sanat Naft, on the heel of another 1-1 home draw in Round 5 slipped them two spots into the 13th place. Meanwhile, Sanat Naft moved up one place, finishing the week in 16th place.
On Thursday, Perspolis defeated Pas 2-1 to remain in sole possession of the top spot.
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