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[PGL-R9] Azizi and Sepahan lose it

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Posted on Sunday, October 14 2007

(Irankicks.com) Sepahanís undefeated record in the league came to an end, when in Round 9 they faced a tough Esteghlal Ahvaz away from home. Sepahan missing several key players due to suspension fell behind early to a Maydavoudi goal. Sepahanís in-form striker Karimi answered 30 minutes later to end the first half even for both sides. Esteghlal yet again scored early when Haghi was on target 3 minutes after the restart, but Sepahanís Kabirulu responded again in the 65th minute. However, Ramezaniís 74th minute goal proved the last of the contest and a final score of 3-2. Sepahan that started Round 9 in 3rd place remained in the same position, but the win improved Esteghlal Ahvaz position in the table, moving up to 5th place.

Perhaps the most eventful match of the day took place in Hamedan, with Pas hosting Abu Moslem. With Alavi giving Pas a 1-0 lead before the half time, an own goal by Asghari doubled the hostís lead in the 80th minute. At this time Abu Moslemís coach Khodadad Azizi withdrew Asghari from the match forcing his players to play the remaining minutes with only 10 men. Pas scored a 3rd through Gholami. Following the match Abu Moslemís General Manager Nasser Shafagh and Azizi became involved in a brawl over Aziziís bizarre decision. Reports from Abu Moslem camp indicates that Azizi will be fired from his post within days. With 8 points Abu Moslem dropped to the 16 place, while Pas moved up 6 spots and finished the week in the 8th place.

The two bottom place sides Zob Ahan and Pegah played to a 2-2 draw in Esfehan. Pegah playing under a new coach went ahead 2-0 in the first half behind a double by Pirsarandlib. But Zob Ahanís pressure in the second half resulted in a double by Amraei, the second one coming in the added time. Winless Pegah stays in the cellar with 5 points, and ZobAhan, with 7 points are one spot above them.

In Round 8 Bargh was embarrassed at home by Malavan and in Round 9 it was Bargh that embarrassed its host. Playing in Kerman, Bargh defeated Mes 3-1 to jump six spots on the table finishing the round in 10th place. Shakron and Karimian gave Bargh 2-0 lead before Rasouli responded for Mes. Shiriís late goal re-stored Barghís two goal lead. Mes now finds itself in the 15th place, down from 8th only three weeks ago.

In Anzali second place Saba Battery and fourth place Malavan played to a 1-1 draw. Both goals came late, with Fazli giving the visitors a 1-0 lead before Niknazar scoring for the tie two minutes later. Both sides maintained their positions in the table, but now find themselves further behind the leaders Perspolis point-wise.

Draw specialist Peykan was up to its old tricks, settling for a 1-1 score in Shiraz against Fajr. Peykanís Toure scored with a minute before the first half, but Tahmasebi saved the hosts blushes, scoring in the 65th minute. The sixth draw of the season meant that Peykan dropped even further in the table, finishing the week in 13th place. Fajr finished the week one place above Peykan, but two lower than last week.

Rah Ahan, which can also make a case for being draw specialists, ended a game in draw for the 5th time this season. Entezari gave Rah Ahan a lead in Ekbatan Stadium, but Sanat Naft leveled the score before half-time through Mirghorbani. Rah Ahan maintained its 7th spot on the table, but Sanat Naft dropped to the 14th place.

Defending champions Saipa continues its Jackyl and hyde season, drawing 1-1 against new-comers Shirin-Faraz. Playing in Kermanshahís Azadi Stadium, Sadeghi gave Saipa an early lead, with hosts responding in the second half through Ataei. Saipa, 9 points behind Perspolis, are in 6th spot, and Shirin-Faraz remained in the top half of the table finishing Round 9 in the 9th place.

Also playing in Round 9, league leaders Perspolis drew 1-1 with arch-rivals Esteghlal. Esteghlal, with 10 points finished week 9 in 11th place.

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