Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Persela v Persib 1-1

Fascinating match up this one with a host of intriguing sub plots all over the field.

Persib came into the game as one of the favourites for the ISL while Persela are never an easy proposition at their Surajaya Stadium and it was the home team that took the lead when Hendro Siswanto, newly signed from Persiba, was not closed down outside the penalty area and his 25 yard drive was beyond Markus Horison’s despairing dive.

It was an indication of Persela’s pressure that Persib’s Hariono was perhaps the best player on the field. It’s a shame the tough tackling midfield player desn’t come from Borneo; with his windswept hair falling down his face he is every image of the archetypal Wildman of Borneo.

Cristian Gonzales, who else, equalized second half when he powered home a perfect cross from the iconic Eka Ramdani down the right. Long serving Brazilian defender allowed the ball to sail over his head while Huda’s challenge was half hearted at best.

Soon after Baihakki Khaizan, enjoying his football again after a spell in the Persija fringes, went close with a header as Persib surged forward looking for an opening day three points.

Pablo Frances, a new signing from Persijap, was replaced by Rahmat Affandi as the Bandung team went for broke with new coach Jovo Cuckovic stranded in the main stand forced to pass on instructions to his assistant Robby Darwis through the fence! What was all that about?

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