Iran Pro League, week 4. Tractor win Tabriz derby, FC Mashhad waste 3 points

Persian Gulf Pro League

Very interesting the 4rd week of Persian Gulf Pro League 1395/96, scheduled before a 28-day break in order to train Team Melli for the upcoming qualifiers against Qatar and China. All the matches were played on 11 August, except for FC Mashhad v Foolad Khuzestan scheduled the day after. Carlos Queiroz – head coach of National football team of Iran – issued the list of call-ups before the last game.

The Tabrizi derby was won by Tractorsazi thanks to a double of defender Mohammad Iranpourian, and the red card received at 43′ by rival defender Hamed Pakdel, who had just came back after a suspension; this is the first defeat for neo-promoted Mashinsazi captained by Andranik Teymourian: now Amir Ghalenoei’s guys have the best goal difference (+4). Behnam Berzaei scored a vital goal preventing Esteghlal Tehran losing against Paykan: it is not certain that Ali Reza Mansourian will seat on the Blues bench in case he will not win the next game, maybe he can benefit from the tournement break. Finally Gostaresh Foolad scored their first goal of the season with Luciano “Chimba” Pereira against Zob Ahan: in the second half, Yahya Golmohammadi – back after club suspension – subbed in Morteza Tabrizi, whose header assisted Honduran striker Jerry Bengtson to equilize. Another 1-1 draw was between Saipa and Padideh, so that both clubs are in the middle of the league standings. Again victorious Sanat Naft beating with a goal by Mohammad Shadkam Sepahan, despite the return of Ehsan Hajsafi in the Isfahani side. After three weeks without scoring, Mehdi Taremi sent the ball in the net helping Persepolis to beat Saba and remain on the top with 10 points. Great game in Ahvaz as defending champions Esteghlal Khuzestan tied 2-2 with Ali Daei’s Naft Tehran: guest team took the advantage with Iman Mob’Ali, but Sirous Pourmousavi’s boys performed a come back with Ashour and Beit Saeid, before Ghazi scored with ten minutes remaining. In the last game FC Mashhad – still commonly known as Siahjamegan – were winning with a goal by 20-year-old defender Payam Malekian, but at 87′ a ball handled by Hamid Reza Ali-Asgari inspired a penalty that Ayoub Vali scored twice, because the referee ordered him to repeat, and the match ended 1-1.

Persian Gulf Pro League will restart on 9 September after Team Melli training camp in Italy and FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Qatar and China.


Thursday 11 August 2016

Mashinsazi Tabriz 0-2 Tractorsazi Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 30′ pen. and 92′ Mohammad Iranpourian (TRA)
Bookings: 12′ Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA), 26′ Andranik Teymourian (MTA), 56′ Khaled Shafiei (TRA), 61′ Bahram Ahmadi (MTA), 63′ Kakhaber Kakashvili (MTA)
Sent-off: 43′ Hamed Pakdel (MTA)
Referee: Bijan Heydari

Paykan Qods 1-1 Esteghlal Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 39′ Morteza Aghakhan (PAY), 82′ Behnam Berzaei (EST)
Bookings: 7′ Amir Hossein Sadeghi (PAY), 33′ Siamak Nemati (PAY), 35′ Bakhtyar Rahmani (EST), 40′ Morteza Aghakhan (PAY), 41′ Yaghoub Karimi (EST), 82′ Hrayr Mkoyan (EST)
Referee: Reza Kermanshahi

Zob Ahan Isfahan 1-1 Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 13′ Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF), 59′ Jerry Bengtson (ZOB)
Bookings: 25′ Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF), 30′ Mohammad Sattari (ZOB), 41′ Mohammad Amin Darvishi (GOF)
Sent-off: 88′ Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF)
Referee: Ashkan Khorshidi

Saipa Karaj 1-1 Padideh Mashhad [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 24′ Ali Gholizadeh (SAI), 75′ Younes Shakeri (PAD)
Bookings: 31′ Omid Khaledi (SAI), 41′ Hossein Moradmand (PAD), 63′ Mohammad Reza Nasehi (PAD), 65′ Karim Ahmadi (PAD)
Sent-off: 91′ Mohsen Yousefi (PAD)
Referee: Payam Heydari

Sanat Naft Abadan 1-0 Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 54′ Mohammad Shadkam (SAN)
Bookings: 57′ Zobeyr Niknafs (SAN), 90′ Amir Zaleykani (SAN)
Referee: Mavood Bonyadifar

Persepolis Tehran 1-0 Saba Qom [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 40′ Mehdi Taremi (PER)
Bookings: 36′ Pouya Seif Panahi (SAB), 60′ Mohammad Ansari (PER)
Referee: Mohsen Torki

Esteghlal Khuzestan 2-2 Naft Tehran [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 21′ Iman Mob’Ali (NAF), 36′ Ali Asghar Ashouri (ESK), 75′ Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK), 80′ Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Referee: Hassan Akrami

Friday 12 August 2016

FC Mashhad 1-1 Foolad Khuzestan [WATCH goals & highlights]
Goals: 13′ Payam Malekian (MAS), 90′ pen. Ayoub Vali (FKH)
Bookings: 54′ Abdollah Karami (FKH), 74′ Payam Malekian (MAS)
Referee: Mohammad Maleki


Club Points W D L GF GA
Persepolis Tehran 10 3 1 0 4 1
Tractorsazi Tabriz 8 2 2 0 7 3
Sanat Naft Abadan 8 2 2 0 3 1
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan 6 2 0 2 4 3
Naft Tehran 5 1 2 1 6 4
Zob Ahan Isfahan 5 1 2 1 5 4
Saipa Karaj 5 1 2 1 4 3
Esteghlal Khuzestan 5 1 2 1 7 8
FC Mashhad 5 1 2 1 4 5
Mashinsazi Tabriz 5 1 2 1 3 4
Padideh Mashhad 5 1 2 1 3 5
Saba Qom 3 0 3 1 2 3
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz 3 0 3 1 1 2
Paykan Qods 3 0 3 1 3 5
Esteghlal Tehran 2 0 2 2 4 6
Foolad Khuzestan 2 0 2 2 3 6

Top scorers

Hassan Beit Saeid (ESK)
Iman Mob’Ali (NAF)
Rahim Zahivi (ESK)
(2 pen.)
Morteza Aghakhan (PAY)
Vahid Amiri (PER)
Farid Behzadi Karimi (SEP)
Mohammad Ghazi (NAF)
Mohammad Iranpourian (TRA)
Eder “Edinho” Luciano (TRA)
Mehdi Rajabzadeh (ZOB)
Mehdi Torabi (SAI)
(1 pen.)
37 players 1

Top cards

Hamed Pakdel (MTA) 2 red card
2 yellow cards
Alireza Naghizadeh (GOF) 1 red card
3 yellow cards
Mohsen Yousefi (PAD) 1 red card
Farshad Ahmadzadeh (PER) 2 yellow cards
Hossein Baghlani (SAN) 2 yellow cards
Mohammad Amin Darvishi (GOF) 2 yellow cards
Meysam Doraghi (ESK) 2 yellow cards
Karim Eslami (SAB) 2 yellow cards
Kakhaber Kakashvili (MTA) 2 yellow cards
Abdollah Karami (FKH) 2 yellow cards
Luciano “Chimba” Pereira (GOF) 2 yellow cards
Alessandro Felipe Oltramari (SAI) 2 yellow cards


Friday 9 September 2016
Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz – FC Mashhad
Naft Tehran  – Sanat Naft Abadan

Saturday 10 September 2016
Padideh Mashhad – Esteghlal Khuzestan
Tractorsazi Tabriz – Persepolis Tehran
Saba Qom – Zob Ahan Isfahan
Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan Isfahan – Paykan Qods
Foolad Khuzestan – Saipa Karaj

Sunday 11 September 2016
Esteghlal Tehran – Mashinsazi Tabriz


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