Bali United striker, Ilija Spasojevic proved his quality by scoring 1 goal when he beat Barito Putera 2-1 in Liga 1 2021/2022, right on his 34th birthday.
In the match at the Indomilk Arena, Tangerang, Saturday (11/9/21), Ilija Spasojevic alias Spaso was installed as the target of Bali United’s man. He was assisted by Melvin Platje, Rizky Pellu and Yabes Roni.
Spaso had a hard time getting space at first. He was guarded by the back row of Barito Putera. The situation got even more difficult when the opponent took the lead through Aleksandar Rakic’s 16th minute goal.
However, things changed when Rizky Pellu broke into Barito Putera’s goal in the 27th minute. Bali United got the second wind to dominate the game.
The second goal was then scored by Bali United through Spaso. Utilizing Melvin Platje’s mature pass, Spaso’s thin header was enough to direct the ball to the left corner of Barito Putera’s goal.
This goal means a lot to Spaso. In addition to coincided with the celebration of his 34th birthday, this goal gave evidence that the Bali United striker remains sharp even though he is no longer young.
Spaso was so happy with the victory his team got. The second three points of the season were obtained thanks to the team’s hard work. According to him, the cohesiveness of the team that has existed since the 2019 League 1 champions is one of the keys.
“This team has been together for several years. We are quite compact. There are only a few new players after we won 2019. Maybe that’s the key that we don’t give up, “said Spaso, Saturday (11/9/21).
“We’ve won twice. The first game, we scored one goal. Today, from us one goal down, we turned things around. This proves that our winning mentality is still there,” added Spaso.
Ilija Spasojevic scored thanks to Melvin’s help. This is the umpteenth moment Melvin can provide a beautiful pass. Spaso said he was happy to be a teammate since the 2018 season.
“For me, Melvin is one of the best strikers in the league. He really helped our team from the start to 2018. Not only did he score goals, but he often gave assists and often opened up space for other players, “said Spaso.
“I really enjoyed playing with him. I thank you for the great assists today,” continued Spaso.
Ilija Spasojevic hopes that the cohesiveness of the Bali United team will continue to be maintained throughout the 2021/2022 Liga 1 competition. In the next match, Bali United will meet Persib Bandung, next weekend.