The stakes are incessantly high in the Tehran derby, and with Esteghlal out to consolidate their lead and Persepolis aiming to relieve the troubles of last season, its 76th installment is the talk of Iran.
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One of Qatar’s oldest football clubs, Al Sadd are also its most successful, and have made an indelible mark on the country’s footballing history.
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A spectacular goal from evergreen midfielder Karim Bagheri lifted Persepolis to a 2-1 win in the Tehran derby against Esteghlal at the Azadi Stadium.
Winless Shahin picked up just a third point of the new Iran Pro League season after sharing a dramatic 2-2 draw with Persepolis.