Group G: Persija Jakarta 6-1 Shan United FC
Jakarta: Persija Jakarta ended their AFC Cup on a high, easily accounting for Shan United with a 6-1 win in their final Group E match at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Wednesday.
The Indonesian side took the lead early on through an audacious free-kick from hat-trick hero Bruno Matos and never looked back, outclassing their visitors to consign them to a sixth defeat from as many matches in Group G.
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Only pride was at stake in the Indonesian capital, but Persija showed little sign of resting on their laurels, immediately taking control of the tie, and taking the lead after just six minutes.
Delivering a free-kick from at least thirty yards out, and in close proximity to the touchline, Matos surprised everyone by quite deliberately sending the ball directly into the back of the net, with Shan United goalkeeper Phone Thitsar Min left hopelessly out of position after coming off his line.
A more conventional move produced the second goal, with Rohit Chand supplying Novri Setiawan, who slipped the ball under Thitsar Min to double the lead in the 18th minute.
With Matos running riot for the hosts, a succession of chances followed, but it took until two minutes into the second half for the third goal to arrive, with the Brazilian continuing his dominant performance by dribbling past a defender before providing Heri Susanto with a chance that would have been nearly impossible to miss from five yards.
Riko Simanjuntak seized on an ill-fated Shan United attempt to play out from the back to win the ball and score Persija's fourth goal, and putting the result beyond doubt, in the 57th minute.
A buoyant Persija looked to extend the lead, but Zin Min Tun ensured Shan United would have at least one fond memory of their trip to Jakarta when he scored a consolation goal to reduce the arrears with nine minutes remaining.
But it was Matos' night, and the star of the show ensured he had the final say, scoring Persija's fifth goal in the 90th minute, before completing a memorable hat-trick in stoppage time to put the seal on an emphatic win.
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