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News number: 9012152471

11:59 | 2012-03-16

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Esteqlal Win Iran's Hazfi Cup

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran's popular soccer team, Esteqlal, won the prestigious Hazfi (Elimination) Cup (2011-2012) following a win against Shahin of Bushehr in the penalty shootouts in Iran's Southern city of Shiraz.



The Tehran Blues embellished their silverware cabinet with a sixth Hazfi (Knockout or Elimination) Cup and booked a place in the next year's Asian Football Confederation Champions League after seeing off their rivals from Bushehr 4-1 in the decisive spot kicks at the Hafezieh Stadium of Shiraz on Thursday.

The game failed to yield any openings in 120 minutes.

The Blues proved to be the superior side with all four of their penalty takers converting from the spot, while only one of the three Shahin players stepping behind the ball withstood the pressure and summoned the necessary composure to score.

While Shirin Faraz of Kermanshah, Mehr of Karaj, Persepolis, and Shahrdari Yasuj were Esteqlal's other victims in its road to winning the trophy, Shahin of Bushehr flew past Nirooye Zamini, Aboomosleme Khorasan, Damash Gilan and Mes of Kerman in its own trajectory to the finals.