2017 Indonesian Super League
  • Willians Lira (18')
  • Sylvano Comvalius (90'+2')

Bali United draw at Barito, miss chance to go top

Sylvano Comvalius saved Bali United once again on Wednesday night as his 33rd goal of the season earned the title hopefuls a 1-1 draw at Barito Putera, but his team missed the chance to go top of the Indonesia Liga 1.

Three points would have put the islanders ahead of leaders PSM Makassar on goal difference with three games of the season left to play. Instead, Bali stay third, level on points with Bhayangkara.

It could have been worse as Bali were second best for much of the game at the home of an energetic Barito, looking to finish the season in the top six.

The visitors got off to a poor start as Willian Lira nipped in behind a sleepy defence to turn home Nazar Nurzaidin's cross after 18 minutes.

Barito missed a number of chances to kill off the game, and were left to rue such wastefulness deep into added time.

Yandi Munawar crossed from the right and the ball fell to Comvalius at the far post. The Dutchman's low shot evaded Bali goalkeeper Aditya Harlan for what could be a crucial strike.

"Of course, we came here looking for three points," Bali coach Widodo Putro said. "We are relieved to get the point in the end and now we have to look forward to Sriwijaya on Monday."

Earlier in the week. PSM moved into pole position above the inactive Bhayangkara who saw their game at Madura United postponed. Robert Alberts' side won 3-1 at home to struggling Persiba Balikpapan.

PSM are two points clear of Bhayangkara, but the second-placed team have four games remaining, one more than the leaders.

The hopes of Persipura were dashed, thanks to a 2-1 defeat at Perseru Serui that leaves them five points off the pace in fourth.

That win lifted Perseru out of the relegation zone above the struggling Semen Padang. The two teams meet on Saturday.

Indonesian Super League Standings

1 PSM Makassar 31 +7 54
2 Persija 30 +11 50
3 Persib 30 +11 49
4 Bhayangkara Surabaya 30 -1 46
5 Pusamania Borneo 31 +3 45
6 Bali United 30 +6 45
7 Madura United 31 -2 44
8 Barito Putera 31 -2 43
9 Persela 30 +6 42
10 Persipura 30 +6 41
11 Arema Indonesia 31 +7 41
12 Persebaya Surabaya 30 +11 41
13 PSIS Semarang 30 -6 39
14 Mitra Kukar 31 -11 36
15 PS TIRA 30 -11 36
16 Sriwijaya 31 -8 36
17 Perseru 31 -11 35
18 PSMS Medan 30 -16 34