Bali United Sturdy at the Top of the BRI League 1 standings after beating Persija Jakarta

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Bali United won 2-1 over Persija Jakarta in the 2021-2022 BRI Liga 1 continuation. Playing at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Stadium, Denpasar, Bali United narrowly won over a team nicknamed the Kemayoran Tigers with a score of 2-1 on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Bali United’s two winning goals were recorded by Ilija Spasojevic in the 34th minute and Lerby Eliandry in the 83rd minute. Persija had equalized through Irfan Jauhari’s goal in the 77th minute.

The addition of three points makes Bali United increasingly solid at the top of the 2021-2022 League 1 standings. Stefano Cugurra’s squad pocketed 63 points from 29 matches, three points ahead of their closest rival, Persib Bandung. For Persija, this result does not make their position move from 8th position with 38 points.

In this match, Persija dominated possession of the ball. Rohit Chand’s speculative kick became the first opportunity in this match. However, Bali United replied four minutes later. Spasojevic’s kick from inside the penalty box was parried by Persija goalkeeper Andritany Ardhiyasa.

Rohit Chand’s effort through a diving header could also be countered by Nadeo Argawinata. Up to 10 minutes of the match Persija had more control of the ball. Persija got a golden opportunity in the 21st minute, it’s just that Riko Simanjuntak’s fast kick still hit the goal post.

Bali United was able to steal the first goal in the 34th minute. Starting from a counter-attack scheme, Privat Mbarga’s cross was greeted by Spasojevic with a flick that tore the Persija goal. 1-0 Bali United lead.

Persija got up and stepped up their attack after being left behind by one goal. Eating Konate’s acceleration in the 41st minute deviated slightly beside the Bali United goal. Spaso’s goal was the only one in the first half. Tridatu soldiers gain the upper hand over the Kemayoran Tigers.

In the second half, Persija took the initiative to attack early in the half. Syahrian Abimanyu’s free kick in the 51st minute could still be denied by Nadeo Argawinata. In fact, the chaos in the Bali United penalty box almost resulted in an equalizer for Persija if Brwa Nouri had not made a crucial block.

Bali United, which is already one goal ahead, relies more on counter-attacks to threaten Persija’s defense. Opportunities to get Persija’s substitute, Irfan Jauhari, but the kick was still wide.

Until the last 15 minutes of the match Persija continued to lock up Bali United’s defense. The equalizer finally came in the 78th minute. Irfan managed to get past Serdadu Tridatu’s players in the penalty box before firing from a tight angle to beat Nadeo. The former Bali United player brought Persija to score a 1-1 equaliser.

The remaining 10 minutes of the match were used by Bali United players to increase the intensity of their attacks. Bali United’s barrage of efforts finally paid off in the 83rd minute. Lerby Eliandry who came on for Spaso was able to head Privat Mbarga’s pass perfectly. 2-1 Bali United back ahead.

Persija tried to chase the equalizer again. However, until the game ended no goals were created. Bali United also picked three points over the Kemayoran Tigers.


Bali United (4-3-3): Nadeo Argawinata; Eky Taufik, Willian Pacheco, Leonard Tupamahu, Ricky Fajrin; Brwa Nouri, Sidik Saimima, Eber Bessa; Privat Mbarga, Stefano Lilipaly, Ilija Spasojevic.
Coach: Stefano Cugurra

Persija Jakarta (4-2-3-1): Andritany Ardhiyasa; Ilham Rio Fahmi, Maman Abdurahman, Otavio Dutra, Novri Setiawan; Rohit Chand, Syahrian Abhimanyu; Riko Simanjuntak, Makan Konate, Osvaldo Haay; Taufik Hidayat.
Coach: Sudirman

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