Monday, October 10, 2016


Bambang Scores As Persija Go Five Unbeaten

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Indonesia v Vietnam 2-2 (Irfan Bachdim, Zulham Zamrun;) 22,167

Indonesia Soccer Championship

Mitra Kukar v Sriwijaya 1-0 (Marlon Da Silva) 

A month ago Sriwijaya were buzzing. They defeated Persib 3-0 and came away from leaders Madura United with a 5-2 victory, the second time they had gone nap against the Madurese this season. Then came a break in the ISC and that seems to have interrupted the team's momentum,

Last time out they were thumped 4-0 by this. 180 minutes played with no goals scored, coach Widodo Cahyo Putro will be expecting more from his seasoned strike force of Alberto Goncalves (11 goals) and Hilton Moreira (seven). With his players back in action on Thursday at home to Gresik United the coach won't have that much time with his players to work on things on the training field.

For the victors it has been a funny old season Brian. They started the campaign on fire but then when through a bit of a middle age crisis before new coach Jafri Sastra has come in and turned things around. Five wins in their last six games have seen the team from East Kalimantan climb back up the table and they now sit 6th ahead of Wednesday's local derby away to Pusamania. Da Silva's goal was his fourth in three games.

Bali United v Persiba 1-2 (Fadil Sausu; Asnawi Mangkualam, Shohei Matsunaga)

Jaino Matos' team ended a four match winless run with the hugely impressive Matsunaga scoring his 11th of the season with a penalty on 57 minutes. Bali United ended the game with 10 men after Hasim Kipuw was red carded with three minutes on the clock.

Persija v Barito Putera 3-2 (Hong Soon Hak, Bambang Pamungkas, Greg Nwokolo; OG, Dedy Hartono)

Two wins on the spin! Persija really are on a roll after ending their 14 game winless streak. After edging Perseru last time out the Kemayoran Tigers came from behind to defeat Barito Putera with first goals of the season from veterans Bambang and returnee Nwokolo.

To be fair Persija are unbeaten in their last five games and with Emmanuel Kenmogne returning to the team to partner Nwokolo up front they look a far more solid proposition than they have for much of the season. For the first time in what seems like ages they seem to have some strength at the football club with Bambang and Ade Jantra on the bench while Ambrizal Umanailo and Ismed Sofyan didnt feature and Andritany was called up by the national team.

Two goals in three minutes completed a remarkable turn around and kept that mini revival on track. As for Barito Putera, just one win in 13 tells its own sorry tale but the club are to be commended for keeping fifth in coach Mundari Karya. But they are 17th in the ISC with 17 points from their 22 games and while Luis Carlos Junior's goals have papered over some of the team's cracks they are weak at the back having the third worst defence in the league. And next up they host Persipura; who beat them 5-4 last time round!

Indonesia Soccer Championship B Final 16

Celebest v Serang 0-2
PSIS v Persekap 3-1 6,918
PSPS v PSGC 1-1 1,453

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