Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Persela Lamongan v Persib Bandung 2-1

Persib Bandung’s petulance and lack of discipline ultimately cost them 3 points in a game they never looked like winning. Consigned to play the final quarter with 10 men after a petulant sending off Bandung were guilty of giving away far too many free kicks on the edge of their box, especially when Lamongan boasted dead ball specialists of the quality of Marcio. Sure enough injury time saw a free kick too many and Marcio’s effort beat a keeper distracted by onrushing forwards, defenders noticeable by their absence.

You don't need to have played the game at a high level to know that such defensive naiviety could eventually cost you dear.

Lamongan dominated second half and were worthy winners but Bandung need to have a word with themselves if they want to be considered serious title challengers. There were too many niggly touches in and around the third and too little potency at the other end of the field. Bandung are a big club and they have mammoth support. But on the pitch they could learn a thing or two from the likes of Persik Kediri

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