Indonesia Super League Western zone leaders Arema Cronus continued their perfect start to 2014 after beating ten-man Barito Putera 2-0 on Friday.
Heading into the game at the Kanjuruhan Stadium having been victorious in their opening four matches, Arema were favourites to claim maximum points against their bottom-placed opponents.
And their chances of victory were improved even further when Bakantan Hamuk were reduced to ten men in the 14th minute after Cameroonian defender Abanda Herman received his marching orders.
But it took the hosts until three minutes before halftime before they found the breakthrough, midfielder Ahmad Bustomi popping up the open the scoring.
From then on, there was always only going to be one winner and the three points were secured six minutes into the second half when Indonesia international Samsul Arif added a second.
Over at the Jalak Harupat Soreang Stadium, Pelita Bandung Raya left it late to force a 1-1 draw against Semen Padang.
Padang were leading by a single goal thanks to Hendra Bayauw’s 45th-minute opener, but in the second minute of injury-time, Gaston Castano converted a penalty to earn a point for the hosts.
The result was enough to take Pelita up to second in the Western zone, although Persib Bandung can overtake them once more as long as they avoid defeat at home to Persija Jakarta on Saturday.
Friday’s Indonesia Super League Results
Arema Cronus 2-0 Barito Putera
Pelita Bandung Raya 1-1 Semen Padang