Arema Cronus have picked up the first piece of silverware this year courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Persib Bandung in the Bhayangkara Cup final at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Sunday night.
Dutch-born midfielder opened the lead for Arema with a sublime backheel goal in the 59th minute before Sunarto doubled the lead in the 84th minute after Persib went down to ten men following Yanto Basna’s red card.
The game came to an extraordinary halt after protest from Persib’s players including team coach Dejan Antonic in the second-half who reacted angrily toward the red card incident.
“I’m disappointed because there was a man [referee] played a circus during the game. Referee is always the main problem in Indonesian football,” Antonic told reporters in press conference.
Meanwhile, on the other side, Arema coach Milomir Seslija was delighted by his side’s performance in a convincing victory over Persib.
“Tonight is a happy day for club and fans [Aremania] as we have been through this tournament with hard works,” he said.
The Bhayangkara Cup was organized by the national police organizing committee and the victory also saw Arema clinched a cash prize of 190,000 USD.