Persebaya Surabaya again swallowed the bitter pill in the continuation of the BRI Liga 1 2021/2022. The team nicknamed Bajul Ijo was unable to withstand the onslaught of PSIS Semarang which won 3-2 in the final match of the first series of BRI Liga 1 2021/2022 which took place at the Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Cikarang, Sunday (3/10/2021).
In the sixth week of the BRI Liga 1 2021/2022 match, PSIS Semarang managed to win two consecutive goals in the first half. Fandi Eko Utomo’s long-range strike in the 14th minute and Bruno Silva’s action two minutes later could not be stopped by Andhika Ramadhani, who made his debut in this match.
However, not long ago, Persebaya Surabaya managed to reduce the lag. Bruno Moreira’s incision in the penalty box was accidentally deflected by Wallace Costa in the 25th minute.
Mahesa Jenar, nicknamed PSIS, then added to the advantage early in the second half through Jonathan Cantillana’s penalty. Persebaya who tried to get up was only able to create a consolation goal through Johan Yoga’s header.
In the sixth week of the BRI Liga 1 2021/2022 match, there are several interesting facts that can be summarized after the match ended in defeat for Persebaya Surabaya. Here’s the full review:
PSIS Anti-Thesis Aji Santoso
The record of the coach of Persebaya Surabaya, Aji Santoso, when facing PSIS Semarang got worse with this defeat. In three meetings in the Liga 1 era, Aji Santoso was never able to bring his team to victory over the Central Java club.
The first two meetings with PSIS occurred in 2018 while still in charge of Persela Lamongan. The coach from Malang had to see his team lost 1-3 during a visit to PSIS headquarters and was only able to draw 1-1 in the second meeting.
PSIS is the only team that Aji Santoso has never beaten during a Liga 1 event since the 2017 season. Even though when facing other teams, the former coach of PSIM Yogyakarta was able to win at least once.
Persebaya Has Played 25 Different Players
In the first six BRI Liga 1 2021/22 matches, Persebaya Surabaya has apparently played 25 different players. The last player to get the opportunity was goalkeeper Andhika Ramadhani.
This dropout from the Persebaya internal team got his debut in Liga 1 after the two main goalkeepers had to be absent for different reasons. Satria Tama is still injured, while Ernando Ari gets a call to the Indonesian national team.
This also makes Persebaya the second most team that has played its players this season. The first place is occupied by Persita Tangerang which has played 26 different players.
Johan Yoga, the 30th player to score for Persebaya in Liga 1
Senior figures like Johan Yoga probably won’t get the chance to be the main performer. However, apparently his presence is able to bring changes to the game Persebaya Surabaya.
When Persebaya’s front line struggled to penetrate the tight defense, coach Aji Santoso did not hesitate to field the 31-year-old player. The decision proved right with the former Persib Bandung player scoring the second goal for Persebaya.
Although not able to bring Persebaya to win, a goal from Johan Yoga brought him into the team’s record book. He became the 30th player to have scored a goal for Persebaya in Liga 1.
Imran Nahumarury The Most Successful Caretaker
Caretaker status does not make Imran Nahumarury feel inferior. He succeeded in bringing PSIS Semarang to second place in the BRI Liga 1 standings, under Bhayangkara FC, after the first series ended.
Even in the six matches that have passed, PSIS has not lost at all. A total of 12 points have been obtained from three wins and three draws.
However, his work as a caretaker may end in the second series of BRI Liga 1 2021/2022. PSIS has appointed Ian Andrew Gillan as head coach and it is very likely that the British coach will be able to accompany the team in mid-October.
Fandi Eko Utomo Scores Goals To PSIS And Persebaya Goals
Fandi Eko Utomo’s goal in the match between Persebaya Surabaya and PSIS Semarang this time made him the only player who was able to score against both teams in Liga 1.
While still in Persebaya uniform, the player who is now 30 years old had created a goal against PSIS. He did so in the final match of Liga 1 2018.
Playing as a starter, his slick appearance was enhanced by the single goal of Persebaya’s victory. The three points ensured that Persebaya was in fifth place in the standings at the end of the 2018 season.