Monday, December 05, 2016


Advantage Persipura As Arema, Madura Drop Vital Points

Madura United missed out on returning to the top of the Indonesia Soccer Championship as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Persela last night. They went into the game one point behind joint leaders Persipura and Arema and enjoyed the luxury of an early lead when Aussie Dane Milanovanic netted on three minutes but they were unable to build on that league against a dogged home side unbeaten in their last eight home outings.

Steven Imbiri levelled on 24 minutes and Brazilian Hedipo Gustavo hit the winner three minutes before half time to continue Persela's fine form over the last few months under coach Aji Santoso.

In yesterday's other game Bali United drew 2-2 with Arema with the visitors needing inspirational skipper Hamka Hamzah to rescue the point in the final minute. Bali took the lead on 28 minutes through Alsan Sanda and a second half penalty by Fadil Sausu seemed to have made the points safe for the home side.

With eight minutes remaining Esteban Vizcarra pulled one back setting the stage for Hamka's late show.

Wednesday sees Persipura travel to Mitra Kukar hoping to cash in on their rivals' slip ups while Thursday has Arema host Sriwijaya.

Other remaining fixtures:

10/12 Madura United v Perseru
11/12 Pusamania v Arema, Gresik United v Persipura

17/12 Arema v Persib
18/12 Persipura v PSM, Barito Putera v Madura United

1 - Persipura 31 17 8 6 44-24 59
2 - Arema     31 17 8 6 41-18 59
3 - Madura   31 17 7 8 49-38 58

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