Saturday, April 22, 2017


Odemwingie Scores On Debut As Liga 1 Kicks Off

Barito Putera v Mitra Kukar 2-1 (Thiago dos Santos Cunha, Dedi Hartono; David Maulana) 4,360

First game of the season saw Jacksen F Tiago get off to a winning start against Mitra Kukar in Banjarmasin.

Persib v Arema 0-0 34,056

More than 34,000 saw these two heavyweights go toe to toe at Bandung Api Stadium though Cristian Gonzales had a goal disallowed for the visitors. Carlton Cole came on as a second half substitute for Persib, replacing Gian Zola while Michael Essien started the game but was subbed on 77 minutes.

Madura United v Bali United 2-0 (Bayu Gatra, Peter Odemwingie) 6,198

Good start to the season for Madura United as Peter Odemwingie became the first of the so called marquee players to score, netting a second half penalty

Persiba v Persija 0-2 (Luis Carlos Junior, Rudi Widodo) 1,306

Yep, you read that right. Persija won their opening game of the season, defeating Persiba 2-0 in Malang. Last season Persija only managed to socre more than one goal in a game on five occasions.

PSM v Persela 3-1 (Reinaldo, Willem Pluim, M Rahmat; Ivan Coelho) 9,357

Expectations high in South Sulawesi with coach Robert Alberts looking to build on the decent end to the season last time round. New signing Reinaldo scored on his debut as Persela were comfortably brushed aside with three goals in the opening 41 minutes. Both sides ended with 10 men after Ferdinand Sinaga and Aang Suparman were sent off in the second half.

PS TNI v Borneo 2-2 (Hong Soon Hak; Lerby Eliandry, Kunhiro Yamashita) 1,800

The military side fielded three foreign players after deciding pre season they would end their policy of using only local lads and one of them, Hong Soon Hak, scored on his debut. After the game the hiome side took some flack for their aggressive play which left a couple of the visiting players with some wounds of their own. A hard earned point for Borneo who dropped the Pusamania from their name pre season

Semen Padang v Sriwijaya 1-1 (Marcel Sacremento; Hilton Moreira) 7,420

Familiar faces on the score sheet as the Sumatran pair held on to a draw in Padang. After an eventful pre season when his future was so uncertain defender Yanto Basna made his debut for Sriwijaya as did Nur Iskander, playing against his former club.

Persipura v Persegres 1-1 (Boas Solossa; Patrick da Silva) 14,600

Those with long memories will recall Persipura were held at home in their first game of the ISC campaign last season but still went on to win the title. This time around the Black Pearls, a byword for consistency, went into the new campaign with a new coach, Liestadi replacing Angel Alfredo just hours ahead of the new season.

Bhayangkara v Perseru 2-1 (I Putu Gede, Wahyu Subo Seto; Ronaldo Meosido) 2,500

A new season, a new start for Bhayangkara. New coach Simon McMenemy would have been delighted to have picked up his first three points of the season as the club made their debut at their new stadium in Bekasi, West Java.

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