With this result, both teams are getting stronger at the top of the standings with 6 points from 2 wins. Now the two steps are getting closer to the semi-finals even though they still have 2 matches in the group stage that they have to live with.
The impressive results achieved by West Java cannot be separated from the role of the cool-handed coach Panca Pauji, the coach who also led West Java to win the gold medal at PON XIX 2016.
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“I think in PON now the ability of all teams is equal because each team has made long preparations in either group A or B. And all teams must be wary of because most teams are closed in making preparations due to pandemic conditions,” said Panca.
Another match was no less exciting, in group A, West Kalimantan won the match against the Riau Islands with a score of 10-4. The West Kalimantan player who is also one of the pillars of the PFL SKN FC club, Samuel Eko Tampubolon successfully scored 4 goals in that match.
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Meanwhile, in another match in Group B, East Java held South Sulawesi to a 3 – 3 draw even though in the first round South Sulawesi was already leading 0 – 2 until halftime in the second half. However, in the second half East Java was able to rise and equalize to 3 – 3. Unfortunately this match had to be marred by a red card received by South Sulawesi player, Muh. Agung Pandega in the 17th minute.
The following is the provisional standings for PON XX Papua futsal Saturday, September 25, 2021:
1. Papua 6
2. West Nusa Tenggara 3
3. West Kalimantan 3
4. North Sumatra 0
5. Riau Islands 0
1. West Java 6
2. South Sulawesi 4
3. East Java 1
4. Banten 0
5. North Maluku