Monday, December 14, 2015


PS TNI Suffer First Defeat In Sudirman Cup

For those expecting PS TNI to get an easy ride to the semi finals the result would have come as a welcome shock. Despite talk of large numbers of fans descending on Solo to watch their game with Semen Padang, the military side based around a large numbers of former PSMS players fell 2-1 against their more experienced opponents.

Goals from Hengky Ardiles and James Koko Lomell did the damage and were enough to give the side from West Sumatra and early advantage in their group. Manahato Letusen missed a penalty for the military side, a miss that was to cost his side dear.

In the other game from that group Mitra Kukar defeated Persija 3-1 with a hat trick from Brazilian striker Patrick dos Santos. Persija's goal came from Gunawan Dwi Cahyo and was their third straight loss in the competition after starting brightly with two wins on the spin leaving the club to moan about the performance from the match officials.

15/12 - Semen Padang v Mitra Kukar, Persija v PS TNI

The other group saw Persipura go down 1-0 to Arema with a penalty from Samsul Arief separating the sides. After the game the Black Pearls coach Osvaldo Lessa said his team had played well but blamed the match officials for making some dubious decisions saying it was difficult for his team to play against 14 players. Whoops!

Pusamania Borneo came from behind to defeat Surabaya United 2-1 in a game that was tinged with intrigue. One of Surabaya United's coaches quit the club recently under a cloud and was given a job at guessed it, Pusamania! Rizky Pora and Goran Gancev scored early in the second half to earn the three points for the Samarinda side.

19/12 - Persipura v Pusamania, Surabaya United v Arema

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