BANDUNG - Persib Bandung enhance their involvement in Group 3 of President's Cup 2017 with a 2-0 victory over Persela Lamongan at Si Jalak Harupat Stadium, Friday (17/2). This victory confirmed quarter final tickets for Maung Bandung.
Persib which refine ambition results in front of supporters implementing an aggressive game to put pressure on Persela back line. But solid defense demonstrated Laskar Joko Tingkir team make Persib deadlocked.
Febri Hariyadi movement on wings make Persela defense should work hard in order to block ball. Opportunities obtained by Sergio van Dijk in 11th minute, but his header was bounced.
Despite had pressure, Persela also several times a troublesome Persib rearguard through the movement of young attacker, Saddil Ramdani. On the other side, Persib get the opportunity through Febri in the 25th minute, but his shot was off the mark.
Persela also respond to Persib attacks. This time it was Samsul Arif who spread threats lapse four minutes later. But his shot was still rising.
Shohei Matsunaga had scored goal minutes before halftime. But the referee annulled a goal, because Van Dijk in off-side position, so the first half closed with goalless.
In the second half, Persib not reduce pressure to break the deadlock for sake Persela defense throughout the first half. On the other side, Persela still demonstrate the game to survive.
After repeatedly deadlocked, Persib almost opened the scoring in the 65th minute. Unfortunately, Vladimir Vujovic did not think the ball for a corner which was pushed Huda toward him. The ball just thin on the right side of the goal after hitting the body Vujovic.
Three minutes later, Si Jalak Harupat stadium rumble after a kick from substitute Kim Jeffrey Kurniawan. After Kim goal, Persela started playing open to equalize. But their attack easily broken by Persib. Instead, Persib almost double the advantage in the 85th minute, but shot from Dedi Kusnandar be ignored by Huda.
Persib finally sealing the win with 2-0 in four minutes before game ended. Febri who pierced attack from left side give cut back to Van Dijk's which shoot ball into the goal.
After this match, Persib scored nine point and topped the standings. Ironically, the defeat would make Persela eliminated and runner-up status previously taken by PSM Makassar which beat Persiba Balikpapan 3-1.
The three teams same scored, and each defeat in the previous match. So ranking system uses head to head. In this system, PSM has better productivity.