Thursday, February 11, 2010


Arema win again but Persipura continue to climb

Arema will be a bunch of happy campers after defeating PSM 2-0 in Makassar. Results elsewhere mean that Robert Albert's men move eight points clear after 18 games.

Second placed Persiba needed a late equaliser from Mijo Dadic to ean a point against a dogged Persema who had taken the lead through M Kamri. After the game Robbie Gaspar, who used to play for Persiba, told me he was disappointed his team did not collect three points as he felt they had played very well.

I talked the other day about Persib's recent fine form. Persipura are also on a roll with a hat trick from Boas Solossa earning them the points away to Persela, a notoriously difficult place for an away team to get anything. For Persipura a ninth game unbeaten (W5 D4) has seen them climb menacingly up the table and now the champions sit fourth, 11 points behind Arema but well and truly in a rich vein of form.

Persija's climb has been steady if unspectacular. new signing Firman Utin netted on his debut but a late penalty saw them come away with only a single point and one player wondering whether or not the linesmen had arm ache.

One defeat in 14 games for the Kemayoran Tigers but just six wins sees them a point behind Persipura in fifth.

I have no idea what is happening to Persebaya. A defeat at home to Sriwijaya makes it three straight losses and they now sit 12th, the free flowing football from erlier in the season now a distant memory

1 - Arema 18 12 3 3 23-8 39
2 - Persiba 18 9 4 5 25-15 31
3 - Persib 18 9 3 8 28-19 30

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