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Persepolis' top five moments

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Tim Cahill hat trick sees Australia ease past Bangladesh in AFC WCQ

Cahill has now scored 45 goals in 88 international games since making his Australia debut in 2004.

Australia's record-scorer Tim Cahill grabbed a first half hat trick as the Asian champions eased to a 4-0 victory over Bangladesh in an AFC 2018 World Cup qualifier in Dhaka on Tuesday night.

Cahill took his Socceroos' tally to 45 goals in 88 international matches as he opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a simple header before adding to his account in the 32nd and 38th minutes.

Captain Mile Jedinak grabbed Australia's fourth goal two minutes before half-time before a more resilient defensive...

Jedinak and Cahill inspire Australia to AFC WCQ victory over Kyrgyzstan

ESPN FC's John Wilkinson and Dez Corkhill assess Japan's convincing 3-0 win over Singapore in WCQ.
Thailand moved closer to securing their place in the third round of qualifying after defeating Chinese Taipei 4-2.
Australian captain Mile Jedinak gave the Socceroos the lead from the penalty spot in the 40th minute.

Captain Mile Jedinak helped Australia get their AFC World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a first-half penalty in his comeback from injury in the 3-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan in Canberra.

Referee Kim Sang-woo pointed to the spot in the 39th minute after the jinking run of substitute Nathan Burns was met by a clumsy challenge from midfielder Islam Shamshiev.

Jedinak, playing his 60th international, placed his spot kick into the top right hand corner past goalkeeper Pavel Matiash in his...

 By John Duerden

Asian success is what sets Iran's Esteghlal apart from the rest

Esteghlal FC are one of the biggest clubs in Iranian football.

Esteghlal, formerly known as Taj, remain top of the Persian Gulf Pro League after a 1-1 draw with Persepolis last weekend.

The Blues have eight domestic titles and two continental crowns to their name, making them one of Asia's biggest clubs. Seen as part of the establishment, in contrast to the more populist Persepolis, their biggest rivals, Esteghlal have plenty of history. ESPN FC counts down their top five moments.

5. Sending the first Iranian to play in Europe

We all know legends such as Park...

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South Korea win as Japan and Iran draw in international friendlies

The United States lost their third consecutive game at home for the first time since 1997 in an international friendly against Costa Rica.
Jamaica's Errol Stevens, top, fights for the ball with South Korea's Lee Jae-sung.

South Korea won a friendly on Tuesday while Iran and Japan played to a draw as some of Asia's biggest teams had the day off from World Cup qualifying.

South Korea eased to a 3-0 win over Jamaica.

Ji Dong-won opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a header following a corner kick.

Ki Sung-yueng's penalty gave South Korea a 2-0 lead in the second half, and Hwang Ui-jo put the game out of reach.

Iran held Japan to a 1-1 draw in Tehran.

Mehdi Torabi scored for the hosts just before half-time, pouncing...

 By John Duerden

Iranian giants Persepolis' top five magic moments in history

Persepolis are one of the most well-supported clubs in Iran.

They're nine-time champions of Iran and one of the biggest clubs in Asia. Persepolis not only have millions of supporters in their homeland, but they're also followed by the majority of Iranians living abroad.

Here are Persepolis' five greatest moments, according to ESPN FC:

1. That goal in 2008

The cliché goes that if you wrote this as a movie script it would be dismissed as too far-fetched. But no, anyone with any sense of drama and excitement would start casting immediately.

Which actor...