Persepolis Secures Hazfi Cup Victory with Dramatic Win over Esteghlal


(MENAFN) Persepolis Football Club, one of Iran's most prominent teams, emerged victorious in the intense showdown against their archrivals Esteghlal, winning the 2022/23 Hazfi Cup in a thrilling match held at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. The highly anticipated encounter attracted over 60,000 passionate spectators who eagerly witnessed the battle for cup glory.

Right from the early minutes of the match, Persepolis displayed their dominance on the field, applying relentless pressure on Esteghlal. Their efforts were rewarded in the 30th minute when midfielder Mehdi Torabi unleashed a powerful right-footed strike from the edge of the box, finding the back of the net to give Persepolis a well-deserved lead.

However, Esteghlal showcased their resilience and determination to stay in the game. In a last-gasp effort, defender Mohammadhossein Moradmand rose above the opposition's defense to head home an equalizer, forcing the match into extra time and igniting the hopes of Esteghlal supporters.

As the tension continued to mount, it was Persepolis captain Omid Alishah who emerged as the hero. Coming off the bench in the 90th minute, Alishah proved instrumental in the team's success by delivering a decisive set-piece goal in the 115th minute. This stunning strike secured the victory for Persepolis, sending their fans into a frenzy of celebration.

The Tehran derby between Persepolis and Esteghlal has a rich history, with the two clubs having faced each other 101 times. The rivalry has been fiercely contested, with Persepolis claiming victory in 27 matches, Esteghlal emerging triumphant in 26, and 48 encounters ending in draws. The Hazfi Cup holds special significance for both teams, as they have each clinched the prestigious trophy on seven occasions, showcasing their longstanding dominance in Iranian football.

Notably, Persepolis' triumph in the Hazfi Cup adds to their recent success in securing the Iran league title, resulting in their automatic victory in the Super Cup as league and Hazfi Cup champions. The double triumph highlights the team's exceptional performance throughout the 2022/23 season and solidifies their position as one of Iran's football powerhouses.

As the curtains close on an exhilarating Hazfi Cup final, fans and supporters of Persepolis bask in the glory of their team's achievement while Esteghlal contemplates their valiant efforts. The intense rivalry between these two giants of Iranian football continues to captivate audiences, fueling anticipation for future encounters that promise exhilarating moments and fierce competition.

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