Friday, May 30, 2014


Biggest Crowd Of The Season Sees Arema Held By Persib

Indonesia Super League

Semen Padang v Persik 3-0 (Airlangga, Nur Iskandar 2) 3,421
PSM v Perseru 2-1 (Ponaryo Astaman 2; Ali Khadaffi) 200
Arema v Persib 2-2 (Gustavo Lopez 2; Ferdinand Sinaga 2) 42,449

Biggest crowd of the season saw the home team forced to come from 2-0 down to earn a draw against a Persib team that does seem to have the hex over them. Arema have only dropped seven points all season...five have come against Persib!

Persebaya v Persipura 1-1 (Emmanuel Kenmogne; Boas Solossa) 1,234

In another time, another place, this game would have filled the Bung Tomo Stadium. Both teams are challenging for the title. Both teams play open attractive football. And both coaches have coached both teams. But it ended a draw in front of a crowd that could have fitted into, and on, one commuter train.

Persija v Persijap 4-1 (Victor Pae 2, Ivan Bosnjak, Eddie Boakay Foday; Carlos Raul Sciucatti) 16,198

Going into this game, Persija had scored just 13 goals in 12 games and obviously that situation needed remedying if they were to mount a sustained challenge for the top four places and the play offs later in the year. They bought in Foday, a man whose reward for hitting five goals in an AFC Cup tie, was to be replaced by Persipura! Mind you, Persija were only playing Persijap who have looked poor all season.

Pelita Bandung Raya v Gresik United 4-1 (David Laly 2, Nova Arianto, Wawan Febrianto; Otavio Dutra) 200

Persiram v Persela 2-0 (Mbida Messi, Steven Anderson) 1,125

Persiram always have this kind of win in their locker. Despite being slightly off the pace in recent weeks,  they remain a tough nit to crack you just knew this was going to be a tough ask for a Persela side with title ambitions of their own.

Persiba Bantul v Persepam MU 0-2  (Silvio Escobar 2) 3,500
Persiba Balikpapan v Mitra Kukar 0-1 (Zulvin) 4,232

An East Kalimantan derby, there are plenty of them this season, Mitra Kukar did their own top four ambitions no harm with these narrow three points at their local rivals.

Persib v Gresik United 4-1 (Firman Utina, Makan Konate, Ferdinand Sinaga, Djibril Coulibally; Pedro Javier) 17,744

Quite a common score this week! There seems to be a mental strength about Persib this season that has perhaps been lacking in recent seasons.

Barito Putra v Persita 2-0 (Yongki Aribowo, Noor Hadi) 5.015

Western Conference

1 - Arema 13 10 2 1 30-8 31
2 - Persib 13 7 4 2 25-13 25
3 - Semen Padang 13 7 2 4 17-12 23
4 - Persija 13 6 4 3 17-10 22

Eastern Conference

1 - Mitra Kukar 13 8 2 3 23-9 26
2 - Persipura 13 6 7 0 20-9 25
3 - Persela 13 6 3 4 19-18 21
4 - Persebaya 12 7 3 2 24-10 21*

Deducted threepoints by FIFA

12 - Emmanuel Kenmogne (Persebaya)
8 - James Koko Lomell (Barito Putra), Ilija Spasojevic (Pusam)
7 - Gustavo Lopez (Arema), Silvio Escobar (Persepam MU), Ferdinand Sinaga (Persib)

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