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Persepolis beat Malavan to end winless run

TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (Mehr News Agency) -- After a five weeks winless run, Persepolis Football Team defeated Malavan Bandar Anzali here at Azadi Stadium on Friday in the 28th week of Iran Professional League to return to the title race.

The Tehran-based team won 2-0 over the rock-bottom Malavan and closed the gap on IPL leaders Isfahan's Sepahan to five points.

In front of 30,000 fans, Mohsen Khalili gave the lead the Reds in the 64th minute and Alireza Nikbakht Vahedi doubled the score from the penalty spot in the 76th minute.

Esteghlal, another Tehran's popular team, lost 2-0 to host Abumoslem of Mashhad.

Sepahan held to a 1-1 draw against Kerman's Mes as Saba Battery, second-placed team, failed to win struggling Shirin Faraz of Kermanshah and ended in a 2-2 draw.

Persepolis remains in third place with 45 points while Sepahan and Saba Battery are first and second respectively with 50 and 46 points.

The week 28th results are as follow:

Peykan 2 - Zob Aahan of Isfahan 0

Rah Ahan 0 - Pas of Hamedan 0

Pegah of Gilan 1 - Esteghlal of Ahvaz 1

Bargh of Shiraz 2 - Saipa 0

San'at Naft of Abadan 1 - Moghavemat Sepasi 1

... Payvand News - 04/19/08 ... --

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