Iran’s Sepahan claimed their fifth league title on Friday after a dramatic final day in the Iran Pro League.
The Isfahan-based club entered the 30th and final round in third place with 56 points behind leaders Tractor Sazi and second-place Naft Tehran, who with 57 points each were scheduled to play each other.
A 3-3 draw between the top two sides saw both finish with 58 points, while Sepahan ended the campaign with 30 points after two Mehdi Sharifi goals led them to a 2-0 win over Saba Ghom.
“I am extremely happy and excited,” Sepahan coach Hossein Faraki said after the match according to Tasnim News. “I dedicate the title to Isfahan people, Sepahan players and Isfahan martyrs.
“Sepahan deserved to win the IPL title.”
In addition to winning the league for a second straight year after raising the silverware with Foolad last season, Faraki and his men will return to the AFC Champions League for the first time since 2012.
Second-place Tractor Sazi will also earn a direct berth in the continental competition, while Naft Tehran will settle for a spot in the qualifying playoff.