2013 Hazfi Cup Final

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2013 Hazfi Cup Final
Persepolis Sepahan - 2013 Hazfi Cup Final 07.jpg
Event2012–13 Hazfi Cup
Sepahan won 4–2 on penalties
Date5 May 2013 (2013-05-05)
VenueAzadi Stadium, Tehran
Man of the MatchMohammad Reza Khalatbari
Fans' Man of the MatchOmid Ebrahimi
RefereeAlireza Faghani
WeatherPartly Cloudy
22 °C (72 °F)
16% humidity

The 2013 Hazfi Cup Final was the 26th final since 1975. The match was the Iran's El-classico between Persepolis and Sepahan. This was the clubs' second meeting in the final where Sepahan won 4–2 over Persepolis in the penalties in 2006. The match was also the last match of Persepolis captain Mehdi Mahdavikia, a former Iran national football team and Hamburg SV midfielder. Sepahan won Persepolis for another time in penalties and crowned their 4th domestic cup title. Sepahan was qualified for the group stage of the 2014 AFC Champions League.


The tie was contested over one legs, simply to last edition. 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).

Road to the finals[edit]

Persepolis F.C. Round Sepahan S.C.
Opponent Result H/A goalscorers Second stage Opponent Result H/A goalscorers
Malavan 6–0 H Hadi Norouzi Goal 2'50', Karim Ansarifard Goal 19'75'80', Gholamreza Rezaei Goal 83' 1/16 Final Foolad 2–1 H Mohammad Gholami Goal 9', Mohammad Reza Khalatbari Goal 85'
Naft Tehran 4–1 A Mohammad Nouri Goal 26'58', Hossein Mahini Goal 75', Hadi Norouzi Goal 84' 1/8 Final Mes Rafsanjan 1–0 A Xhevahir Sukaj Goal 109'
Zob Ahan 1–0 A Mohammad Nouri Goal 102' Quarter-Final Sanat Naft 2–0 H Ervin Bulku Goal 27', Farshid Talebi Goal 61'
Damash 1–1 (5–3 p) A Mohammad Nouri Goal 83' Semi-Final Esteghlal 1–1 (5–4 p) A Mohammad Reza Khalatbari Goal 42'


Persepolis's head coach Manuel José de Jesus was sacked ten days before Persepolis' first match in domestic cup campaign and his assistant and former captain Yahya Golmohammadi was appointed as the caretaker head coach. Golmohammadi's first match in charge occurred on the Round of 32, which they faced Malavan, match ends 6–0, same with Persepolis' best win over Esteghlal in Tehran derby in 1973. Persepolis also defeated another Iran Pro League side, Naft Tehran with their technicians coach Mansour Ebrahimzadeh 4–1. Persepolis faced Zob Ahan in quarter-finals and won the match 1–0 with a late goal from Mohammad Nouri in extra time. Their match with Damash Gilan was also ends 1–1 after extra time and Persepolis won that match in the penalties.


Sepahan began their campaign with hosting Foolad in Isfahan. Foolad was eliminated Sepahan on the last edition at the same stadium but Sepahan won the match 2–1 with goals comes from Mohammad Gholami and Mohammad Reza Khalatbari and Luciano Pereira was foolad's scorer. On the Round of 16, Sepahan faced with second tier side, Mes Rafsanjan, match ends 1–0 for Sepahan after extra time. Sepahan also defeated Sanat Naft 2–0 and was qualified to semi-final to face with powerhouse Esteghlal. Esteghlal was defending champion and match was ends 1–1 after extra time and goes to penalties. Sepahan won 5–4 on penalties and qualified to their 4th final in last 10 years.


Match history[edit]

Persepolis appeared in six Hazfi Cup Finals before this match. They won the cup in 1988, 1992, 1999, 2010 and 2011 and were runners-up in 2006. This was Sepahan's fourth appearance in a Hazfi Cup Final, having won in 2004, 2006 and 2007. The teams had met 50 times in the Iranian Football League. Persepolis won 17 times, Sepahan 12 times and the other 21 games were drawn.


Ticket prices for the final started at 2,000 toman and were also available at 5,000 and 10,000 with all of the incomes was awarded to a charitable foundation to spend for the people involved in Bushehr and Sistan earthquakes. The Cup winners received 50,000,000 from the IRIFF while the runners-up was earned 25,000,000 tomans.


Team officials met with each other on 1 April 2013 to decide on the final venue. After they failed to agree on a venue between Ghadir Stadium in Ahvaz, Samen Stadium in Mashhad and Sahand Stadium in Tabriz, the final venue was decided with a draw which 100,000 capacity Azadi Stadium (the Persepolis F.C. home Stadium) was announced as the venue for the 2013 final.

Sepahan players celebrating winning after penalties


FIFA listed referee, Alireza Faghani who also refereed the 2012 edition final was announced as the final match referee by IRIFF's referees committee. Hassan Kamranifar, the assistant referee of 2010 FIFA World Cup and Reza Sokhandan helped Faghani. Yadollah Soleimani was the fourth official.

Kit colors[edit]

Sepahan wore their yellow home kit for the Final. They also used the away dressing room.


Persepolis2 – 2 (a.e.t.)Sepahan
Ansarifard Goal 24'
Nouri Goal 99'
Report Sukaj Goal 59'
Gholami Goal 106'
Penalty missed Norouzi
Penalty scored Mahini
Penalty missed Haghighi
Penalty scored Naghizadeh
2 – 4 Penalty scored Bulku
Penalty scored Khalatbari
Penalty scored Ebrahimi
Penalty scored Hajsafi
Attendance: 97,452
GK 40 Brazil Nilson Corrêa
RB 13 Iran Hossein Mahini Yellow card 120'
CB 4 Iran Jalal Hosseini
CB 6 Iran Mohsen Bengar
LB 23 Iran Amir Hossein Feshangchi
DM 33 Iran Reza Haghighi Yellow card 30'
RM 8 Iran Ali Karimi (c) Substituted off 84'
LM 39 Iran Adel Kolahkaj
AM 14 Iran Mohammad Nouri Yellow card 39'
SS 10 Iran Gholamreza Rezaei Substituted off 115'
CF 9 Iran Karim Ansarifard Substituted off 56'
GK 22 Iran Reza Mohammadi
DF 20 Iran Alireza Noormohammadi
DF 30 Iran Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh
MF 2 Iran Mehdi Mahdavikia Substituted in 115'
MF 18 Iran Meysam Naghizadeh Substituted in 84'
MF 17 Republic of Macedonia Vlatko Grozdanoski
FW 24 Iran Hadi Norouzi Substituted in 56'
Iran Yahya Golmohammadi
GK 35 Iran Shahab Gordan
RB 38 Albania Ervin Bulku
CB 5 Iran Mohammad-Ali Ahmadi
CB 6 Australia Milan Susak
LB 11 Iran Mohsen Irannejad
DM 15 Iran Omid Ebrahimi Yellow card 101'
RM 23 Iran Amin Jahan Alian Substituted off 63'
LM 10 Iran Hossein Papi
AM 4 Iran Moharram Navidkia (c) Substituted off 81'
SS 33 Iran Mohammad Reza Khalatbari Yellow card 45'
CF 14 Albania Xhevahir Sukaj Substituted off 70'
GK 1 Iran Mohammad-Bagher Sadeghi
DF 17 Iran Abolhassan Jafari
DF 18 Iran Mohammad Hossein Moradmand
MF 9 Iran Mehdi Jafarpour
MF 28 Iran Ehsan Hajsafi Substituted in 81'
FW 8 Iran Mohammad Gholami Substituted in 70'
FW 21 Montenegro Radomir Đalović Substituted in 63'
Croatia Zlatko Kranjčar

Man of the match

Assistant referees:
Hassan Kamranifar
Reza Sokhandan
Fourth official:
Yadollah Soleimani

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


Persepolis Sepahan
Total shots 15 18
Shots on target 8 6
Ball possession 55% 45%
Corner kicks 5 5
Fouls committed 10 11
Offsides 3 0
Yellow cards 3 2
Red cards 0 0

Source: Varzesh3[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sepahan win Hazfi Cup". Varzesh3. Varzesh3. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013.