Persib Bandung moved six points clear at the top of Group B in the second phase of the Indonesia Super League on Wednesday after beating Persebaya Surabaya 3-1.
Following a goalless first half at the Si Jalak Harupat Stadium, Persib took the lead in the 71st minute through a Makan Konate penalty – after Isaac Pupo had been penalised for handling Achmad Jufriyanto’s rasping shot inside the box.
The hosts then doubled their lead with six minutes remaining when Konate got in behind the opposition defence and held off a challenge from Onorionde Kughegbe John, before slotting past Yandri Pitoy for his second of the afternoon.
And in the 90th minute, they went on to secure the win after Muhammad Ridwan did well to break free inside the box before chipping a cross to the back post, leaving Ferdinand Sinaga with the simple task of nodding the ball home from a yard out.
Nonetheless, the visitors did manage a consolation deep into injury-time when Emmanuel Kenmogne was left unmarked inside the box to send a powerful header past I Made Wirawan.
The victory allowed Maung Bandung to claim a six-point lead at the top of the group, which means they are almost through to the semi-finals with two games remaining.
Meanwhile, Persebaya face a huge task if they are to achieve just that given they remain bottom with just three points from their first four matches.
Persib Bandung: I Made Wirawan, Supardi Nasir, Vladimir Vujovic, Achmad Jufriyanto, Tony Sucipto (Jajang Sukmara 88’), Muhammad Taufiq, Firman Utina, Atep Rizal (Muhammad Ridwan 67’), Makan Konate, Tantan (Agung Pribadi 80’), Ferdinand Sinaga.
Persebaya Surabaya: Yandri Pitoy, Vava Mario Yagalo, Onorionde Kughegbe John (Achmad Hisyam Tolle 89’), Ambrizal Ammar, Hasyim Kipuw, Novri Setiawan (Fandi Eko Utomo 79’), Manahati Lestusen, Zaenal Haq (Wahyu Suboseto 75’), Muhammad Ilham, Emmanuel Kenmogne, Isaac Pupo.