Sunday, July 27, 2008


Persik Set the Standard

Persik Kediri didn't just tear PSIS Semarang apart. They ripped them to shreds in an exhilirating first half, chewed them up, spat them out then rubbed their faces in the turf.

The White Tigers went in at half time two goals up, both by Gonzalez, but it could have been, should have been more.

Poor PSIS. They had a go but against Persik in this form anyone would struggle. It can't have been easy for the side without a coach to face a rampaging side boasting firepower like Gonzalez, Fagundez, Danilo and Sudarsono with Hamka Hamza getting forward to offer support.

Even when Sudarsono, so impressive against New Zealand for Indonesia, went off he was replaced by another international striker in Saktiawan Sinaga.

One Gonzalez goal had a touch of Dennis Bergkamp as he flicked the ball over his head and marker, swiveled and volleyed home. And as for Danilo's last minute strike!

This was sexy football that Ruud Gullit could only dream of and it comes from the pissant town of Kediri miles from anywhere. 10 corners in the first half alone tells a tale, it must have been daunting for the visiting defence, Rorkes Drift in the foot hills of Javanese volcanos.

The final whistle couldn't have come soon enough for shell shocked PSIS but I loved it!

Persik v PSIS 4-0 (Gonzalez 3, Danilo)

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