Friday, May 09, 2014


Persib, Persija Ends All Square

Persib v Persija 0-0 26,978

Indonesia's very own classico ended all square in front of the normal all singing, all dancing crowd. Despite the fact that peace had supposedly broken out between the two sets of supporters, Persija fans traveling by road to the game were stepped and asked to return home. And apparently their were some incidents on the toll road that connects the two cities.

The game itself is often second to the occasion and Benny Dollo's men probably took to their armoured personnel carriers after the game with a sigh of relief after a performance that surely cemented Andritany's reputation as one of the best keepers in the country.

For Persib, they are now seven points behind leaders Arema.

Arema v Gresik United 5-0 (Samsul Arif 3, Alberto Goncalves, Sunarto) 15,397

The Crazy Lions end the first half of the ISL top of the western conference after comfortably putting Gresik United to the sword. Good to see Samsul among the goals, proof that Indonesians can score!

Arema have been rampant this season, losing just one game so far, winning the rest and scoring for fun. And their goal difference is way beyond anyone else.

Pusam v Persiba Balikpapan 1-2 (Ilija Spasojevic; Fernando Soler, Ansou Toure) 5,345

One of several East Kalimantan derbies, Pusam took the lead on eight minutes through Spasojevic, his seventh of the season, but Soler took just two minutes to equalise. A late penalty secured the victory for Persiba meaning a happy journey home for their travelling support.

It was Pusam's first home defeat of the season and they sit uncomfortably just one place and one point off the relegation places. It was Persiba's first away win and they climbed out of the relegation places to sixth.

Perseru v Persipura 0-0 700

This is what I don't understand. This was a Papua derby played at Persipura's Mandala Stadium yet no bugger turned up?! What's that all about? The champions may have started the season slowly but they have been involved in AFC Cup duty and they remain unbeaten in the ISL. Indeed, the only team to remain unbeaten.

They sit third, just two points off the leaders, Mitra Kukar so are hardly out of the title race. Yet they play in front of a near empty stadium?

Western Conference

1 - Arema 10 9 0 1 26-4 27
2 - Persib 10 6 2 2 17-8 20
3 - Persija 10 5 3 2 12-7 18
4 - Semen Padang 10 5 2 3 12-10 17

Eastern Conference

1 - Mitra Kukar 10 6 2 2 18-7 20
2 - Persela 10 6 1 3 16-13 19
3 - Persipura 10 4 6 0 16-8 18
4 - Persebaya 10 6 2 2 19-9 17* three points deducted by FIFA

9 - Emmanuel Kenmogne (Persebaya)
7 - Ililja Spasojevic (Pusam)
6 - James Koko Lomell (Barito Putra), Alberto Goncalves, Samsul Arif (Arema)

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