League 1: Persiba Win Thin Opponent Semen Padang
Persiba Balikpapan rose after the defeat of Persipura Jayapura 17 September. On the 25th week, Persiba successfully won a narrow 1-0 victory over Semen Padang at Batakan Stadium, Balikpapan, Thursday (21/09/2017).
Montenegrin midfielder Srdan Lopicic became the hero of the Sun Bear team. This victory slowly brought Persiba out of the relegation zone, although still stuck in 17th position.
Duel both teams pretty tough in the first half. Persiba just broke the deadlock through a hard kick from Srdan Lopicic before halftime (45 + 2 “) .This goal became the only one created in the game, while ensuring Persiba won three points in their 25th game.
The victory over Semen Padang became Persiba’s fifth victory until the 25th week. However, the additional three points did not make Persiba shifted from the 17th position alias number two on the caretaker.
With a capital of 16 points, Persiba is still far to pursue the safe position of the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, for Semen Padang, the defeat in Balikpapan extended their minor record. Until the 25th week, Semen Padang has not won in the last seven games.
Kabau Sirah team is also stuck in the position of the 13th league standings 1, with the acquisition of 28 points.
Composition of players:
Persiba (4-3-3): Kurniawan Kartika Ajie; Yudi Khoerudin, Fengky Turnando, Iqbal Samad; Lourval Lopes, Bryan Ramadhan, Srdan Lopicic, Ammar Almubaraki; M. Ilhamul Irhaz, Bijahil Chalwa, Marlon da Silva.
Semen Padang (4-2-3-1): M. Ridwan, Ibrahim Sanjaya, Novan Setya Sasongko, Agung Prasetyo, Cassio Francisco; Riko Simanjuntak, Vendry Mofu, Ko Jae-sung, Elfis Noah Harewan, Irsyad Maulana, Marcel Sacramento.