Bekasi. PSM Makassar defeated police-affiliated football club Bhayangkara 2-0 at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, West Java, on Thursday evening (19/10) to keep the gap close with the Liga 1 leader.
Juku Eja, PSM's popular nickname, scored all the goals in the second half courtesy of midfielder Willem Jan Pluim in the 48th minute and defender Steven Renaud in the 50th minute.
PSM now sits at second place with 58 points, just one point behind Bhayangkara who now sits at the top of the table with 59 points. Both teams have played an equal number of matches.
PSM coach, Robert Rene Alberts from the Netherlands, said his club has no problem taking down the league leader. Juku Eja previously defeated the police club 1-2 in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
"Bhayangkara plays with certain styles and we understand what they are doing," Alberts said after the game.
Meanwhile, Bhayangkara coach Simon McMenemy admitted his team lacked concentration in dead ball situations, one weakness he wants to improve.
The Scottish coach also blamed experience to be the cause of the defeat. "We have young players who still lack playing experience," he said.
Furthermore, PSM midfielder Marc Klok, also from Netherlands, expressed joy after winning the crucial game.
"I thank the team, I'm very happy, it's a decisive game," he said.
Klok elaborated that when the Liga 1 started in April, his main goal was take the title home. "I've been thinking about becoming the champion from day one, and for the next games we'll spare no pains," he said.