2012 Hazfi Cup Final

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2012 Hazfi Cup Final
Event 2011-12 Hazfi Cup
Esteghlal won 4–1 on penalties
Date March 15, 2012
Venue Hafezieh, Shiraz
Man of the Match Mehdi Rahmati (Esteghlal)
Fans' Man of the Match Jlloyd Samuel (Esteghlal)
Referee Alireza Faghani
Attendance 16,369
Weather Fine
8 °C (46 °F)
60% humidity

The 2012 Hazfi Cup Final was the 25th final since 1975. The match was between Esteghlal and Shahin Bushehr which took place on 15 March 2012 at the Hafezieh Stadium. Esteghlal was beat Shahin Bushehr 4-1 on penalties and was qualified to the 2013 AFC Champions League.


The rules for the final was exactly the different as the one for the previous knockout rounds. The tie was contested over one legs. If the teams could still not be separated, then extra time would have been played with a penalty shootout (taking place if the teams were still level after that). The both team have agreed Hafezieh Stadium in Shiraz as the final venue but it was announced that because of Hafezieh's ground qualify in winter, the final match will be transferred to the newly established Ghadir Stadium in Ahvaz. It was later denied.

Road to the finals[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2011–12 Hazfi Cup.
Esteghlal Round Shahin Bushehr
Opponent Result H/A Esteghlal goalscorers Second stage Opponent Result H/A Shahin Bushehr goalscorers
Shirin Faraz Kermanshah 5–1 H Milad Meydavoudi(2), Mohsen Yousefi(2), Esmaeil Sharifat 1/16 Final Nirooye Zamini 3–1 H Ivan Petrovic, Abbas Pourkhosravani
Mehr Karaj 1–0 H Ali Ahmadi (OG) 1/8 Final Aboomoslem Khorasan 1–0 A Mehdi Noori
Persepolis 3–0 A Mojtaba Jabbari(2), Esmaeil Sharifat Quarter-Final Damash Gilan 2–1 A Mehdi Noori, Morteza Aziz-Mohammadi
Shahrdari Yasuj 1–0 H Hanif Omranzadeh Semi-Final Mes Kerman 2–0 H Mehdi Noori, Ivan Petrovic


Match statistics
Esteghlal Shahin Bushehr
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 15 19
Shots on target 9 17
Ball possession 49% 51%
Corner kicks 3 6
Fouls committed 4 6
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0

Shahin was qualified for the first time to the final but it was Esteghlal's 9th final performance. The match was scoreless after 120 minutes but there had been numerous scoring chances on both sides. Mehdi Noori had a good chance in the first half and shot for the goal but was hit to the goalpostwas. In the second half, Fereydoun Zandi, Arash Borhani and Jlloyd Samuel had many chances but all of them was kept out with a one-handed save by Shahin goalkeeper Vahid Talebloo, a former Esteghlal player. Ali Ansarian's shot was forced saves by Esteghlal goalkeeper Mehdi Rahmati. The game was end 0-0 and was advanced to the extra times.

In the extra times, both team tried to have an aggressive play in order to scoring the winning goal. In 112, Milad Meydavoudi hit a free kick but was saved by defensive wall. Goran Jerković also had a chance but was out of the gate.

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. In the penalties, Mohsen Yousefi, a left foot Midfielder scored Esteghlal's first goal. After that Mehdi Noori's shoot was out of target. Then, Fereydoun Zandi, a German-Iranian footballer, scored the second goal for Esteghlal. Shokouhmagham was behind the wall but his shoot was saved by Mehdi Rahmati. Jlloyd Samuel scored Esteghlal's third goal. Ali Ansarian scored for Shahin the first goal but Goran Jerković converted the winning penalty and Esteghlal won the trophy 4-1.

Match details[edit]

Shahin Bushehr
GK 1 Iran Mehdi Rahmati
CB 33 Iran Pejman Montazeri
CB 5 Iran Hanif Omranzadeh
LB 3 Iran Mehdi Amirabadi (c)
RB 40 Iran Ali Hamoudi Substituted off 112'
DM 16 Iran Meysam Hosseini Substituted off 91'
CM 12 Trinidad and Tobago Jlloyd Samuel
CM 32 Iran Ferydoon Zandi
LM 37 Iran Esmaeil Sharifat Substituted off 91'
RM 2 Iran Khosro Heydari
CF 9 Iran Arash Borhani
GK 22 Iran Hadi Zarrin Saed
DF 4 Iran Hamid Azizzadeh
MF 29 Iran Tohid Gholami
MF 11 Iran Mohsen Yousefi Substituted in 91'
DF 31 Iran Javad Shirzad
FW 20 France Goran Jerković Substituted in 112'
FW 10 Iran Milad Meydavoudi Substituted in 91'
Iran Parviz Mazloomi
Esteghlal-Shahin Bushehr-lineup.png
Shahin Bushehr:
GK 30 Iran Vahid Talebloo (c)
CB 16 Croatia Lek Kcira
CB 8 Iran Ali Ansarian
LB 11 Iran Mohsen Irannejad
RB 3 Iran Hadi Shakouri Substituted off 95'
CM 6 Iran Mehdi Noori
CM 18 Iran Amjad Shokouhmagham
LM 10 Iran Abbas Pourkhosravani
AM 21 Serbia Ivan Petrovic Booked 119'
RM 33 Iran Morteza Aziz-Mohammadi Substituted off 82'
CF 27 Iran Mansour Tanhaei Substituted off 103'
GK 22 Iran Majid Gholami
MF 31 Iran Saeid Bayat
DF 24 Iran Babak Latifi Substituted in 103'
MF 18 Iran Mehrzad Rezaee Substituted in 82'
MF 23 Iran Mehdi Kiani Substituted in 95'
MF 14 Iran Hamid Reza Soleimani
DF 29 Iran Bahman Shirvani
Iran Hamid Derakhshan

Assistant referees:
Hassan Kamranifar
Rasoul Foroughi
Fourth official:
Hossein Asghari

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions


Champions 2011–12 Hazfi Cup
Esteghlal Tehran
Sixth Title

See also[edit]