Brazilian striker Matheus Pato scored a hat-trick as Borneo FC Samarinda demolished PSIS Semarang 6-1 in Sunday’s Liga 1 Indonesia action.
Hosting PSIS at the Segiri Stadium, Borneo went off on a flyer in the 18th minute after a powerful shot from Hendro Siswanto pierced its way into Ady Satryo’s goal.
Three minutes later, Pato made it 2-0 after he had latched onto a Jonathan Bustos through ball and fired off a well-taken shot that went past Ady.
Former Daejeon Hana Citizen target man Pato then doubled his tally and tripled Borneo’s in the 30th minute, scoring a fine penalty after a PSIS player was adjudged to have handled the ball within the box.
Muhammad Sihran then made it 4-0 Borneo to close a pretty one-sided first half with an intelligent finish.
Borneo were then awarded another penalty three minutes into the second half following a foul within the box by Delvin Rumbino, however Ady superbly denied Pato his third goal of the game. PSIS then caught Borneo off-guard with a blistering counterattack four minutes afterwards, with Rizky Dwi Pangestu getting the better of Angga Saputra in the Borneo goal to reduce the deficit for the Mahesa Jenar.
However, the Pesut Etam pulled themselves even further in the 62nd minute after Adam Alis took advantage of a Bustos pass to score Borneo’s fifth of the night.
Pato’s hat-trick was not to be denied in the 78th minute, with the Brazilian superbly closing Borneo’s rout with an excellent finish into Ady’s goal.
The three points meant that Borneo are creeping up on both 2nd placed Persib Bandung and 3rd placed Persija Jakarta, who lost 2-0 at Persik Kediri on Sunday. PSIS, on the other hand, remain in 11th place.