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The Brazilian gaffer of the Indonesian outfit was pleased that his side topped the group with a game to go…

Persipura Jayapura were held to a 1-1 draw by Churchill Brothers in the AFC Cup group E encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa on Wednesday evening.

Boaz Solossa had given his side the lead in the 76th minute which was cancelled out by Balwant Singh seven minutes later.

“We are very happy with the result. The way we played is not the best we can do but the result is okay. We finish as champions of the group, so for us it’s a very good effort. We saw the players looked a bit tired, just like Churchill Brothers maybe because of traveling so much. But the result is amazing because we can take rest for the next game. We hope we can recover some players who are a bit injured. I say thanks to my players who did very well,” said coach Jacksen Tiago.

He mentioned that his team knew how to deal with Churchill’s tactics of playing long balls but didn’t execute their plans as practiced.

“Sure, sure (we could have done better) and that’s why I said, the result is okay but the way we played, we can play much better. They made a lot of mistakes. The last minute was a lot of big drama; we tried to put Ferinando Pahabol in the second half and we asked him to play on the right side. Something happened outside our control.

“If we played right we could have created more chances, just like we scored the first goal. He (Pahabol) has good skill and speed, and had he done what we asked him to do we could have put a little more pressure.  But when he moves, he gives so much space especially on the right side of the defense and you guys (Churchill Brothers) have a lot of fast strikers. We know how you guys play long ball and fight for the second ball. We know what you guys are going to do and were prepared for it but unfortunately we didn’t do what we wanted to do.”

The Indonesian side didn’t trouble Churchill much in the first half as they were restricted to a couple of long shots.

“We tried to break the defense, We know the back four is aligned. We got the result 1-1 and I am happy for that. We have to work hard for the next round; we will get a strong opponent so we have to be much better prepared. Hope you guys have good luck against New Radiant.”

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