Persebaya close in at the top; Persija leave it late

Persebaya Surabaya moved two points off the top of the Indonesia Super League Eastern zone on Thursday after cruising to a 5-0 win over bottom side Persiba Bantul.

The Green Crocodiles opened the scoring at the Sultan Agung Stadium on the half-hour mark when Greg Nwokolo raced through and skipped inside George Oyedepo, before coolly placing his shot into the back of the net.

And six minutes before the break they were presented a perfect chance to double their tally after being awarded a penalty; Emmanuel Kenmogne stepping up and sending Andi Setiawan the wrong way.

The contest was then effectively ended on the hour mark when Isaac Pupo added a third for the visitors after he received the ball just inside the area, and proceeded to fire a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

But they were not done yet and Kenmogne struck again in the 84th minute to make it 4-0, before completing his hat-trick three minutes later to cap off a dominant display from his side.

The win means Persebaya move up to second and are just two points behind leaders Persipura Jayapura, with a game in hand.

Over in the Western zone, Persija Jakarta made the most of a controversial late penalty to force a 1-1 draw against Pelita Bandung Raya at the Gelora Bung Karno.

Following a goalless first half, it was Pelita who edged ahead in the 66th minute when legendary striker Bambang Pamungkas climbed high at the near post to meet a right-wing cross with an unstoppable header into the back of the net.

However, in injury-time, the hosts were awarded a spot-kick after Kim Kurniawan was harshly penalised for handball inside the box, paving the way for Ponaryo Astaman to fire home the equaliser and earn his side a share of the spoils.

The point was enough to see Persija overtake Persib Bandung in third place, while Pelita are up to fifth on the table.

Thursday’s Indonesia Super League Results

Eastern

Persiba Bantul 0-5 Persebaya Surabaya

Western

Persija Jakarta 1-1 Pelita Bandung Raya

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