Monday, May 16, 2016


Sriwijaya, Arema Show Their Class

Barito Putera v Gresik United 3-1 (Luis Junior, Agi Pratama 2; Eduardo Makiel) 6,700

Barito Putera20 Adhitya Harlan; 14 Fathul Rachman, 35 Mohammadou Al Hadji Adamou, 3 Muhamad Roby; 18 Adam Alis, 23 Dedy Hartono, 5 Ibrahim Conteh, 13 Lucky Wahyu, 17 Paulo Sitanggang, 26 Rizky Pora; 10 Luis Junior
Subs: 30 Imam Arief Fadillah, 27 M. Aswar Syamsuddin, 16 Muhammad Khusen, 8 Amirul Mukminin, 21 Agi Pratama, 11 Ichsan Pratama, 7 Yongki Aribowo
Gresik United 28 Irpan; 29 Ambrizal, 4 FX Yanuar, 5 Muhammad Rifqi; 19 Eduardo Maciel, 77 Hendri Satriadi, 10 Oh Inkyun, 42 Riyandi Ramadhana Putra, 81 Supriyono, 26 Muhamad Kamri, 9 Yusuf Effendi
Subs: 86 Muhamad Sandi Firmansyah, 15 Danil Junaidi, 27 Ghozali Muharam Siregar, 24 Stevanus Bungaran, 23 Arsyad Yusgiantoro, 50 Reza Mustofa, 87 Suheri Daud

Sriwijaya v Madura United 5-0 (Hilton Moreira, Ichsan Kurniawan, Yohanis Nabar 2, Alberto Goncalves) 14,555

Oh yes. A game to watch away the bad taste left by the Battle of Segiri and to celebrate FIFA lifting its suspension of the PSSI. This was Sriwijaya's first home game of the season and while hey had picked up hard fought but well deserved points on the road at tough opponents Persib and Persiba this was their first chance to show what they could do in front of their adoring public. And boy did they.

I have talked much about Sriwijaya's wealth of experience in their ranks but today we saw Ichsan Kurniawan show what he could do with a sterling shift. 20 years old he impressed alongside his elders and peers and thoroughly deserved his goal, hooking home from an acute angle. 

When you can replace Firman Utina with Eka Ramdani you know you are talking about a decent squad and Ramdani started by spraying passes around the field like he used to do in his pomp. Hilton belied his years while Ichsan had energy to burn down the flank while Beto was his usual self, channeled aggression for the cause. 

And at the back Teja Paku Alam was as good as he has been all season. Good keepers command their area and he did that alright. Now with histrionics but with a cam assurance that belies his youth.

Madura United didn't come to fill in the blanks on the team sheet. They had a go but they were far from the team that had outfought Arema last weekend. And for good reason. Madura United should have a good campaign, they aren't a bad side, but their biggest asset is their Bangkalan Stadium. No one will enjoy playing there. 

The aggression and physical element of their game that had caused so many problems for Arema were absent here. Yes, Slamet Nurchayo and Fabiano Beltrame put in good shifts as you would expect from players with their experience but Sriwijaya were just quicker to everything. The final score may have flattered but make no mistake...this is one very good side.

12 Teja Paku Alam; 2 Supardi Nasir, 11 Zalnando, 26 Fachruddin Wahyudi, 28 A.A Ngurah Wahyu Trisnajaya; 6 Yu Hyun Koo, 24 Ichsan Kurniawan, 8 Eka Ramdani; 23 M. Ridwan, 10 Hilton Moreira, 9 Alberto Goncalves
Subs: 21 Yogi Triyana, 13 Achmad Jufriyanto, 22 Wildansyah, 37 Rizky Dwi Ramadana, 29 T.A Mushafry, 15 Firman Utina, 91 Yohanis Nabar
Madura United 
77 Hery Prasetyo; 18 Achmad Maulana Putra; 4 Asep Berlian, 15 Fabiano Beltrame, 23 Gilang Ginarsa, 5 Munhar, 14 Rendy Siregar; 10 Slamet Nur Cahyo; 8 Bayu Gatra, 7 Engelberd Sani, 9 Pablo Aracil
Subs: 33 Joko Ribowo, 2 Guntur Ariyadi, 30 Jecky Arisandi, 25 Rishadi Fauzi, 55 Espinosa Mossi, 11 Rosy Noprihanis, 17 Elton Maran
Arema v Bhayangkara Surabaya United 3-0 (Srdan Lopicic, Sunarto, Gustavo Marulanda) 29,650
And to think BS United had started the season so well. A win at Barito Putera perhaps flattered to deceive and we saw the real team last week when they were held by PS TNI but they were certainly put to the sword by Arema at Kanjuruhan Stadium. 
The Crazy Lions went for the jugular from the first minute and t really was a case of when not if they would open the scoring. Their interchange and movement was irrepressible as they tore the visitors to shreds and the only surprise why it took so long to take the lead when Srdan finished with aplomb from close range on 11 minutes.
Sunarto made it 2-0 early in the second half after a game of head tennis when the visitors failed to clear and he drove home from 20 yards. Marulanda broke his duck with a header from a corner just after the hour mark to make the points and the result comfortable for the home side who now sit top of the ISC level on points with Persija.
Talking about strength in depth. Arema had Arif Suyono and Juan Revi on the bench! 
1 Kurnia Meiga; 7 Beny Wahyudi, 23 Hamka Hamzah, 87 Johan Ahmad Farizi, 16 Goran Ganchev; 11 Esteban Vizcarra, 94 Ferry Aman Saragih, 8 Raphael Maitimo, 22 Srdan Lopicic; 88 Antoni Putro Nugroho, 9 Gustavo Giron Marulanda
Subs: 21 I Made Wardhana, 31 Junda Irawan, 6 Ryuji Utomo, 14 Arif Suyono, 17 Dio Permana, 77 Juan Revi, 15 Sunarto
Bhayangkara Surabaya United1 Wahyu Tri Nugroho; 36 Ahmad Hari Satria Perdana, 21 M. Fatchu Rochman, 5 Otavio Dutra, 4 Suroso; 86 Khairallah Abdelkbir, 81 Muhamad Hargianto, 18 Paulo Helber; 20 Ilham Udin Armaiyn, 10 Rudi Widodo, 99 Thiago Furtuoso Dos Santos
Subs: 30 Thomas Rian Bayu, 53 Herwin Tri Saputra, 27 Indra Kahfi, 34 Muhamad Sahrul Kurniawan, 22 Fandi Eko Utomo, 13 Bijahil Chalwa, 12 Wahyu Subo Seto
1 - Arema 3 2 1 0 5-0 7
2 - Persija 3 2 1 0 4-2 7
3 - S Padang 3 2 0 1 4-2 6
Tomorrow sees Perseru host PSM in the final game from Match Day 3. Tomorrow morning look out the Jakarta Football Chat as we wrap up the weekend including all the action on the field, Persib off the field, FIFA and tragedy for a young fan.

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