Thursday, December 13, 2007


Persija v Persitara 2-1

In a cracking Jakarta Derby Liga Indonesia delivered a raised middle finger to the buffoons in the FA whose inaction has so shamed football on the international stage.

In a hard fought, though sporting, match Persija thoroughly desrved three points against their city rivals for who keeper Dagang played a major role. Some unorthodox, though vital, stops by the goalie belied the fact that in a first half challenge with Bambang he was nearly out cold and had medics from both clubs trying to kick start him back to life while players from both sides looked on anxiously.

The first half was pretty even but Aliyudin's smart volley on 35 minutes was probably deserved. Right on half time Itimi Dickson, Persitara's Singaporean import did a Ronaldo, dived with minimal contact and won his side a penalty. Bationo's smartly taken penalty meant all was square at half time.

Second half was all Persija with Robertinho, Aliyudin and Bambang all going close while Hamkah's surging runs down the inside right channel were always dangerous. Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto scorned a couple of chances for North Jakarta but it was Persija who deservedly broke the deadlock.

Robertinho, the classy Argentinian who has impressed in his short spell with the Jak, danced through three or four challenges before sticking the ball past the keeper to give Persija the lead. It was no more than they deserved and if coach Ismet has any doubts about his team it can only be about their inability to kill the game dead. They had the chances.

Persija now have 54 points off 31 games and are assured a place in next season's Liga Super. On Sunday they host leaders Sriwijaya at Lebuk Belus.


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