Sunday, June 04, 2017


Alberts' Dutch Master Demolish 10 Men Persipura

The day started with PSM fans calling on Brazilian striker Reinaldo to be more ruthless in front of goal and ended with the number nine climbing a fence to milk the applause after scoring his second and his team's fifth of the night. And what happened in between was just nuts.

Tension was high even before the game started with PSM leading Liga 1 and Persipura a point behind them in second place. The generous applause from the home support when Boas Solossa's name was read out was the last piece of charity on an eventful evening in South Makassar that saw PSM go four points clear at the top of Liga 1 after nine rounds.

The tone was set after two minutes when Marinus Wanewar was red carded after two minutes for a headbut on the touchline and three minutes PSM were ahead, Reinaldo charging down on goal to finish calmly with his fifth goal of the campaign.

Sadly no match report I can write can do this match justice. I was too far from the action sitting at the back of the old school stand that was packed to the rafters for the game. Klok made it 2-0 before half time and Persipura were for the most part chasing shadows as the home side shredded their normally efficient defence down the flanks. 

Three goals in nine second half minutes pretty much ended the contest and epitomised PSM's rapier like attacks. Willem Pluim made it 3-0 om 55 minutes and Klok added his second three minutes later. On 64 minutes Reinaldo was there to end another fine move sweeping home from close range, his sixth of the season, and beginning his run into the arms of the supporters and when he was replaced four minutes later the chant of Reinaldo, Reinaldo coming out of the dimly lit stand must have been music to his ears. 

Addison pulled one back for the visitors on 70 minutes at the other end of the field but it was hardly a consolation. PSM had been by far the superior side with Pluim and Klok imperious. Coach Robert Alberts could not help be feel pride in the performances of his compatriots on the night and while Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum may be famous for the works of Rembrandt et all here in Makassar a new generation of Dutch masters put on their own show and the home support loved it.

The last time Persipura conceded five goals against domestic opposition? Perhaps 2010 in the Inter Island Cup against Sriwijaya?

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