Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Madura Shine On Liga 1 Opening Day
PSS v Arema 3-1 (Brian Ferrira, Evgan Bokhashvili, Rangga Muslim; Sylvano Comvalius) 27,710
Ok so the season opener may not have gone to plan with crowd disturbances stopping play for a lengthy period of time but much can be taken from this game for both coaches. Sylvano is looking as goal hungry as he was with Bali United a couple of seasons back and as debuts go Ferrira's wasn't bad with a goal and two assists.
Borneo v Bhayangkara 1-1 (Matias Conti; Ramiro Fergonzi) 785
Two Argenine coaches went head to head for this game in East Kalimantan with honours shared. A return to Borneo for Terens Puhari after his loan spell in Thailand last season. Substitute Fergonzi levelled for the 2017 champions in injury time.
Bali United v Persebaya 2-1 (Ilija Spasojevic, Paolo Sergio; M Syafuddin) 14,323
Another player hitting the ground running is Bali United's Stefano Lilypaly with two assists against Persebaya. In the battle of the title winners it was Teco who had the upper hand over Djadjang Nurdjaman. How will that particular battle pan out over the season?
PSIS v Kalteng Putra 1-2 (David Maulana; Yohanes Pahabol, Bonfim) 8,232
Not much matches the joy of a newly promoted team winning their first game of the season on the road. With to assists from Diogo Campos compatriot coach Fabio De Oliveira could be mistaken for feeling confident about his team's first season in the top flight
Persela v Madura United 1-5 (Alex dos Santos; Alberto Goncalves 2, Greg Nwokolo, Aleksander Rakic, Slamet Nurcahyono) 8,400
Talk about flying out the blocks, Dejan Antonic's very own galacticos tore Persela apart which you don't see very often. Many have tipped Madura to go all the way, just as many have warned how other expensively assembled squads have failed to make a challenge.
Tira Persikabo v Badak Lampung 3-0 (Ciro 2, Andy Setyo) 1,132
One team recently rebranded against another recently rebranded team and look at the crowd! Tira Persikabo may have 'merged' with Persikabo but the latter's supporters don't seem too impressed just yet.
Persib v Persipura 3-0 (Artur Gevozkyan 2, Febri Hariyadi) 14,180
Robert Alberts first game in charge of Persib saw the team get off to a winning start and the performance of Gevozkyan with a brace on his debut will have gone a long way to easing the burden on Ezechiel N'Douassell's shoulders...with Jonathon Bauman leaving Persib needed a new source of goals
PSM v Semen Padang 1-0 (Zulham Zamrun) 13,830
Fresh from their AFC Cup exertions PSM started their tilt for the title with a hard fought win over newly promoted Semen Padang. Important for new coach Darije Kalizic the club were able to keep hold of Wiljan Pluim and Marc Klok if they are to go one better than last season and win the league
Barito Putera v Persija 1-1 (Rafael Silva; Marko Simic) 7,180
Simic returned to the Persija first team with a goal but can we expect more from Barito Putera after their early promise last season? Coach Jacksen F Thiago will be hoping so though and he will be happy with the way his team fought their way back into this game.