Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The two top teams met last weekend as did two of the biggest teams and given the Javan centric nature of the country the focus was obviously on Persib and Persija. Played at the Jalak Harapat Stadium in front of 30,000 fanatic Bobotoh the hosts scraped through 1-0 thanks to a controversila first half pen by Miljan Radovic, his fifth goal of the season.
More action in West Java saw Pelita Jaya under new coach Rahmad Darmawan thump PSPS 4-0. Goals from Safee Sali, Greg Nwokolo and two from Alex Bajevski did the business.
Persiwa win just about all their home games and always have. Their 3-0 over Persisam saw them climb to second place in the table behind leaders Persipura who beat fellow title challengers Sriwijaya 2-1 in Jayapura. Former Sriwijaya midfielder Zah Rahan gave the home team the lead before Jufriyanto qualised on 81'. Brazilian striker Alberto Goncalves made it 2-1 moments later.
Arema's struggles continue, they were held 0-0 by PSAP and the famous Aremania seem to have deserted their heroes. Just 3,584 saw the game which is less than many Divisi Utama attendances.
1 - Persipura 10 7 2 1 30-12 23
2 - Persiwa 10 6 2 2 17-12 20
3 - Sriwijaya 10 6 1 3 22-10 19
8 - Keith Kayamba, Hilton Moreira (Sriwijaya)
7 - Alberto Goncalves (Persipura), Herman Dzumafo (PSPS)
6 - Marcio Souza (Arema), Safee Sali (Pelita Jaya), Mario Costas (Persela), Patrick Wanggai (Persidafon)