Esteghlal & Persepolis
1968 Apr 5
The first meeting between the two sides – when Esteghlal were still known as Taj – was a goalless draw.
1995 Jan 20
When Esteghlal scored two goals in the last 10 minutes – one of which was a penalty – to level the game at 2-2, Persepolis fans invaded the pitch. Fights broke out between players and spectators, and after this game no Iranian would referee the derby for the next 14 years.
2000 Dec 29
A last-minute equaliser made it 2-2 and cancelled out former Persepolis player Mehdi Hasheminasab’s late goal for Esteghlal. With emotions running high, players ended up fighting on the pitch, fans destroyed 250 buses in the city and 60 people were arrested – including three players from each side.
2012 Feb 2
Having lost the last four derbies, Persepolis were trailing 2-0 and down to 10 men with eight minutes to go before sub Eamon Zayed scored a hat-trick on his debut for a 3-2 victory.
2018 Sep 27
The 89th meeting was a 0-0 draw, which meant Esteghlal still lead Persepolis 23-22 in derby games won.