Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Persipura v Kuwait SC

We could say the hard work had been done in the 1st leg when Persipura had come away with two away goals. As it happened, they weren't needed as the Black Pearls mullared the holders at their own Mandala Stadium with Robertinho, who hit a hat trick, at the heart of their performance.

Kuwait SC are no mugs. They have won the AFC Cup on three occasions (2009, 2012, 2013) and were runners up in 2011 yet Persipura pushed them aside though to be fair you can't help but feel disappointed with the visitors and wonder if they had done their homework on their hosts.

Once Kuwait had pulled a goal back there was surely an opportunity to get at the Black Pearls. By that I mean get in their faces, rile them, go for the jugular. A second goal would have had Persipura living a bit on their nerves, knowing a third goal would have given the Kuwaitis the lead on away goals.

Credit to the Indonesian champions though. They steamed down the other end of the field and restored parity almost immediately and it was the Kuwaitis who were getting riled.

6-1 on the day, an impressive 8-4 on aggregate and Persipura go through to the semis where they face more opponents from the middle east. Another good showing over there could set them up nicely for a first ever final appearance.

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