Sunday, September 09, 2007


Persema Malang v Persija Jakarta 0-1

Wish I lived in Malang!

500 Jakmania have travelled to Malang to see if their team can change their luck on the road and keep the pressure on the likes of Sriwijaya and Persib...catch half time and full time reports here, exclusive.

Banicino had the first effort on goal with a nicely taken free kick that exposed the poorly placed Persija wall and had the keeper scambling but luckily twas only the side netting that billowed.

Persija's first meaningful effort on goal came after 19 minutes when Bambang intelligently nodded the ball down for Agus who proceeded to forget the first rule of shooting. Keep you knee over the ball!

Coach Dub rovin must be concerned at the number of free kicks being given away around the penalty area while at the other end his team look disjointed and insipid. New signing Rueben Ceko holds the ball up well but the midfield has been slow in support.

On 25 minutes Bambang was brought down on the edge of the box but the free was high and wasted. With Abanda and Bambang lurking they need to do better at dead ball situations because on their performance so far they don't look like scoring from open play.

On the half hour better delivery from Ismed Sofyan on the right saw Robertinho head goal ward only for a Persema defender to clear off the line. Minutes later Frenandez attacked down the Persija right and his cross was put nehind. From the corner the Persema captain, Reyes, sent his free header a mile wide.

From another Ismed free kick the Persema defence struggled to clear and Abanda's header was defected into the net by Ceko who celebrated like he'd won the world cup.

In the last minute of the first alf Persija broke and Bambang played Ceko in but as the new signing cut inside the defender recovered and his effort was easily blocked.

Persema had a fine chance to equalise in injury time but with time and space the forward whose name I didn't catch headed straight at the keeper.

Half time 0-1

The Persema coach gave his players a right bollocking at half time. Part of the coverage here includes cameras inside the dressing rooms at half time and these are normally staid events where the coach draws pretty lines on a white board. Not this time. The Persema guy was giving his lads the hairdryer treatment. When the camera returned to the studio there was an embarrassed silence.

Quiet second half. Nice work by Ismed down the right but his cross was in the side netting.

With 25 minutes left the noise is coming from the Persija fans but can the players hold on for a crucial win? They're not offering much up front while Persema keep pressing.

On 71 Ismed struck a free kick which the goalie did well to palm away> Ceko responded quickly but his cross was feeble and Persema soon cleared.

A couple of minutes later a nice through ball released Bambang wide left. He cut in field and with Ceko in support decided to do it himself. Wrong choice as the keeper did well.

Persema keep getting free kicks in threatening positions but their delivery is dreadful. If their coach wasn't happy at half time he'll go ape when he sees a video of this game. Mind you he probably won't bother.

On 80 miinutes this time Robertinho broke and instead of passing to Bambang who was better placed the Argentinian screwed his shot across the face of goal. Bambang lookd frustrated as he stood with his arms outstretched but he couldn't complain too much. It was the last thing he did as he was taken off on 82 to be replaced by Wayan.

The number of free kicks being conceded must be of concern to the Persija management as must the confusion that appears between keeper and defensive wall

With 4 minutes to go Wayan could have made the game safe for Persija but instead from 6 yards put the ball into orbit when all he had to do was keep the bloody thing down and it was job done.

Final score 1-0 Persija but they did their best to blow it!

0-1 ????
to persija
Thank you casual
Great job
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