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Indonesia Liga 1 – Notes From Week 6

Steven Danis

Football Tribe Indonesia


Not only was the second leg of 2018-2019 Piala Indonesia held last week, but the Week 7 matches of Liga 1 and even some postponed matches from Week 4 turned this week into a crazy festival of football for Indonesian fans. 

New Stadium Open the Week 7

The week actually opened at the Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang when Arema won 3-1 against Persipura in the afternoon. However, Madya stadium in Jakarta becomes the center of the attraction as the stadium opened after massive renovation for the 2018 Asian Games and for the first time, it had a chance to hold a domestic league match. Bhayangkara FC will be the tenants of Madya stadion until their original stadia, PTIK, is renovated in the middle of this season. 

Padjajaran Army Goes Marching In

PS TIRA-Persikabo, who played twice last week, had a positive result as they grabbed a point against Bhayangkara FC on Thursday (4/7) and won in Padang on Monday (8/7). The team is now sitting in second, remaining unbeaten after seven games. But well-experienced coach Rahmad Darmawan even not thinking about winning the league, he explained that he has an obsession on winning a fair play team award with TIRA.

Persib Bandung Falling, Bajol Ijo Rising

The big classic match between Persebaya Surabaya against Persib Bandung was won comfortably by the hosts, with four goals finding their way into Persib's net. This was the fifth game in a row that Persib failed to win, while the result allowed Persebaya to continue their positive run after the held Barito Putera to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday. 

Another Casualty in Tight Schedule

Even there were two postponed matches in Week 7, the Week 4 is not even nearly the end. There’s still four matches of the Week 4 that will be tucked into Week 10 and Week 11 at the end of this month. Throughout the very busy days, Syafrianto Rusli (Semen Padang coach) has become the fifth manager that sacked this season.

Aremania, King of Fining

The latest PSSI Disciplinary Committee last Friday gave sanctioned for players, staffs, and even for clubs themselves - such as what happened Kalteng Putra’s goal-getter, Patrich Wanggai and Diogo Campos. The biggest fine was given to the Aremania through the club, who are forced to pay 275 million rupiahs after the chaos that ensued during their game. 

Results of Week 7

Even though Bali United didn't play, they remain on top of the league with 16 points. In the additional postponed games from Week 4, Semen Padang lost to PS TIRA-Persikabo while Persebaya Surabaya and Barito Putera drew their match. 

Schedule for Week 8

After the week opened on Wednesday, Borneo FC were the only hosts who grabbed a win in their game against PSIS, while Persija Jakarta and Persipura Jayapura tied with their opponents. Another game worth to watch is PSM Makassar against Bhayangkara FC as last season The Guardian become Persija’s helper for securing the title when they drew against PSM in Week 33. You can watch all the games streamed at all kick-off hour in GMT+7 time zone.