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Key Events

120'
N. Cowburn
Assist
120'
M. Ridenton
Goal
119'
R. Prabowo
Yellow Card
113'
L. Jackson
R. O'Donovan
Kick Off
105'
N. Cowburn
D. Petratos
101'
N. Boogaard
Goal
100'
A. Septianus
S. Sute
Kick Off
82'
A. Thurgate
K. Sheppard
80'
M. Ridenton
R. Vargas
78'
F. Ridwan
D. Saputra
72'
R. Simanjuntak
Assist
72'
R. Lestaluhu
Goal
70'
N. Setiawan
Beto
55'
R. Lestaluhu
Yellow Card
49'
R. O'Donovan
Assist
49'
R. Vargas
Goal
Kick Off
40'
T. Sucipto
Y. Nasadit
Kick Off
4
0
4
2

Stats

Possession
% %
9
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 10 6
Total Passes 519 481

Commentary

FULL TIME - The final whistle sounds at Hunter Stadium!  On a hot night in Newcastle, Persija stretched the Newcastle Jets all the way to extra time but, in the end, the fitness and the finishing power of the home side proved too much for the visitors who put up an outstanding challenge right from the opening whistle.  The Jets progress to the final play off round against Kashima Antlers in Japan next week.  At full time in Newcastle:  Newcastle Jets 3 Persija Jakarta 1.
N. Cowburn
Assist
Newcastle Jets
120' Wonderful delivery from Cowburn who placed the free kick right onto the head of Ridenton for the winner that sets up a clash against Kashima Antlers next week.
M. Ridenton
Goal
Newcastle Jets
120' GOAL NEWCASTLE JETS!  The Jets are through to the final play off round!  Matt Ridenton gets on the end of a perfectly placed free kick and rockets a header past Andritany Ardhiyasa to spark the celebrations in Newcastle.  Newcastle Jets 3 Persija Jakarta 1.
120' There will be one minute of additional time played in this second half of extra time.
R. Prabowo
Yellow Card
Persija
119' YELLOW CARD PERSIJA - Ridenton tries to make the break down the left but is dragged down by Ryuji Utomo who picks up a yellow card for the professional foul.
116' Ridenton holds up the ball waiting for a run at the far post but his swinging cross misses the target and rolls away over the goal line.
115' Cowburn, with a wonderful turn, does superbly to slip through two defenders - he has just the keeper to beat but fires straight at Andritany Ardhiyasa who deflects the ball away effectively with his legs.
L. Jackson
R. O'Donovan
Newcastle Jets
113' SUBSTITUTION JETS - Despite some chances, Roy O'Donovan hasn't had the best of nights and will make way for the fresh legs of Lachlan Jackson.
111' Simanjuntak tries to create something from the right hand side but can't get past Georgievski - however, the dynamic midfielder has won an important corner for Persija.
109' Fresh on to the pitch, Cowburn rockets a shot into the woodwork and it deflects over the crossbar - in any case, the flag is up for offside.
107' CHANCE!  The ball falls for Ridenton with time and space inside the area - he picks his spot in the top right corner but his effort whistles over the crossbar.  That would have sealed it for the home side!
105' SECOND HALF EXTRA TIME - The Jets kick off to begin the second half of extra time!
HALF TIME EXTRA TIME - Plenty of exhausted bodies out there as the first half of extra time comes to a close.  It was a fruitful one for the Jets with Nigel Boogaard striking to put Newcastle into the lead - can they hold on?  At half time in extra time:  Newcastle Jets 2 Persija Jakarta 1.
N. Cowburn
D. Petratos
Newcastle Jets
105' SUBSTITUTION JETS - A substitution at the change of ends with Dimitri Petratos replaced by Nicholas Cowburn.
105' Simic clashes heavily in the middle of the park with Koutroumbis and the Jets have a free kick - a let off there for the home side because Persija were away.
N. Boogaard
Goal
Newcastle Jets
101' GOAL NEWCASTLE JETS!  The Jets strike in extra time!  A deflection from the corner falls at the feet of the unmarked Nigel Boogaard and from the far post he guides the ball past the keeper and rattles the back of the net.  Newcastle Jets 2 Persija Jakarta 1.
101' CHANCE!  Ridenton is played through inside the area but his strike is brilliantly kept out by the fast approaching Andritany Ardhiyasa who has been superb for Persija in goal this evening.
A. Septianus
S. Sute
Persija
100' SUBSTITUTION PERSIJA - The fitness of the Persija side really being tested - they make swing a change with Sandi Sute replaced by Alua Septianus.
98' A break in play here with Simanjuntak collapsing to the ground after being taken high by Petratos.
96' CHANCE!  Persija almost take the lead in Newcastle!  After a sizzling run down the right hand side, Simanjuntak guides a perfectly weighted cross to the feet of Setiawan who has just Glen Moss to beat but he can't get a piece of the ball.
94' O'Donovan slides the ball through into the box - the ball takes a deflection off a Persija defender and almost rolls in for an own goal!
93' This has been an incredible effort from Persija considering the warm conditions, the travel factor and the fact that they are still in the middle of their off-season.
91' Georgievski weaves a path through the Persija defence before laying the ball off to O'Donovan in front of goal but, not for the first time this evening, the Jets' striker is well off-side.
90' FIRST HALF EXTRA TIME - Persija kick off and we are underway in extra time!
The whistle sounds at the end of 90 minutes and we are off to extra time!   Vargas struck early in the half to put the home side ahead but, even after taking the lead, the Jets never looked comfortable.  Lestaluhu equalised 20 minutes from time for Persija and so it all comes down to the next half hour.  After 90 minutes:  Newcastle Jets 1 Persija Jakarta 1.
90' + 5' Newcastle fans and players alike are up calling for a penalty after Ridenton went down inside the area but the ref is having nothing of it and waves play on.
90' + 3' It could all come down to this!  Petratos goes down after his shirt was tugged and he will take the resultant free kick from just outside the penalty area.
90' + 2' Simanjuntak goes down in the challenge but the referee sees nothing in it and waves the play on.
90' There will be five minutes of additional time played in this second half - could this go all the way to extra time?
89' CHANCE!  Something from nothing for the Jets - catching everyone off guard, O'Donovan is through on goal but his effort is expertly kept out by Andritany Ardhiyasa.
88' After a lengthy break in play, the stretcher is out for Sandi Sute who is suffering from cramp - the warm conditions are starting to take their toll on the visitors.
87' Ugarkovic is taken high in the challenge from Sandi Sute and the Jets have a free kick in a dangerous attacking position.
85' The Jets knock the ball around forward of half way but are struggling to find a way to break down the well-organised Persija defence.
A. Thurgate
K. Sheppard
Newcastle Jets
82' SUBSTITUTION JETS - With the clock ticking inside the final ten minutes of this second half, Newcastle make their second change with Angus Thurgate coming on for Kaine Sheppard.
M. Ridenton
R. Vargas
Newcastle Jets
80' SUBSTITUTION JETS - Newcastle make their first change of the match with the goal scorer Vargas replaced by Matt Ridenton.
80' CHANCE!  A floating header to a dangerous position right in front of goal falls for O'Donovan who swings at the volley but he has missed the target by a long way!
F. Ridwan
D. Saputra
Persija
78' SUBSTITUTION PERSIJA - Dany Saputra has succumbed to cramp in these warm conditions and he will be replaced by Fitra Ridwan.
78' Vargas commits a foul right on half way and Persija, who are building in confidence, have a chance to set up in attack with the free kick.
R. Simanjuntak
Assist
Persija
72' Rico Simanjuntak has been dynamic for Persija right from the opening whistle and his well-taken corner set up Lestaluhu for the equaliser.  What a finish we have in store keeping in mind that if there is no winner at the end of 90 minutes, this will come down to extra time and / or penalties!
R. Lestaluhu
Goal
Persija
72' GOAL PERSIJA JAKARTA!  We are all square in Newcastle!  A lapse in defence allows Ramdani Lestaluhu to get loose at the near post - his perfectly placed header is blocked by Georgievski on the goal line but the momentum carries it over.  Newcastle Jets 1 Persija Jakarta 1.
71' CHANCE!  Simic gets on the end of the corner and rockets a header towards goal - it's destined for the back of the net but fortunately for the home side Kantarovski is in the way to nod the ball to safety.
N. Setiawan
Beto
Persija
70' SUBSTITUTION PERSIJA - A second change for the visitors with Albeto Da Costa replaced by Novri Setiawan.
69' The attempted ball to the goal mouth is chopped off by Moss - the Jets' keeper doesn't take it cleanly but does enough to remove any danger.
67' Petratos slides the pass into the area for O'Donovan who has a swing at the ball but fails to connect - in any case, the linesman's flag is up for offside.
65' Utomo with a well-timed sliding tackle strips Sheppard of the ball but the Jets still have a chance with the corner to come.
62' CHANCE!  Alberto Da Costa, given plenty of space to run by the Jets' defence, is allowed to waltz to the top of the penalty area where he unleashes a rocket - unfortunately for the visitors he has fired straight at Moss who makes the save low down.
61' Petratos has been busy this evening with not much to show for his efforts - he lashes at a volley just inside the area but has blazed it well over the cross bar not troubling Pesija keeper Ardhiyasa.
58' Petratos wriggles away from his marker close to the goal line before hooking the ball in from the left however his attempted cross floats across the face of goal and bounces away harmlessly.
57' Petratos has a crack at goal from the free kick but, not for the first time tonight, he has blazed his effort high and wide.
R. Lestaluhu
Yellow Card
Persija
55' YELLOW CARD PERSIJA - Ramdani Lestaluhu is the first player to go into the ref's book this evening following a late challenge on Koutroumbis.
54' With a goal under their belt, things are starting to open up for the Jets now with the home side finding plenty of space down the right hand side.
R. O'Donovan
Assist
Newcastle Jets
49' The sighs of relief around Hunter Stadium were audible as Roy O'Donovan slid the ball through the defender's legs and onto the right boot of Vargas for the opener.
R. Vargas
Goal
Newcastle Jets
49' GOAL NEWCASTLE JETS!  With outstanding control, Sheppard releases O'Donovan down the right hand side - O'Donovan plays the ball through to Vargas who has just the keeper to beat.  The Venezuelan loses his balance but keeps his composure to roll the ball past Ardhiyasa and into the back of the net.  Newcastle Jets 1 Persija Jakarta 0.
49' Sofyan whips the cross in from the right however Moss has read the pass well and he stands tall to make an important save.
47' Plenty of danger signs for Newcastle as this match draws on - Topor-Stanley gets into the back of Simic and the visitors have a free kick in a good attacking position.
46' SECOND HALF - Persija Jakarta kick off and we are back underway in Newcastle!
Newcastle dominated possession in the first half with 59% of possession however it counted for little with shots at goal standing at six apiece.
HALF TIME - The whistle sounds for half time in Newcastle.  Played in very warm conditions, the opening 45 minutes was played at a high tempo with plenty of opportunities created at both ends of the field.  The Jets had the better of possession and territory however a lack of finishing touch denied the home side a chance to go ahead.  Persija had their own chances and displayed more than enough to show that they will be a handful in the second half.  At half time:  Newcastle Jets 0 Persija Jakarta 0.
45' There will be one minute of additional time played in this first half.
45' CHANCE!  Boogaard makes a hash of the clearance with the ball falling straight at the feet of Tony Sucipto - the new man on the pitch pulls the trigger from just outside the area but he has fired his effort straight at Glen Moss.
43' Simanjuntak with a weaving run has the Jets' defence scrambling as he reaches the edge of the penalty area but he takes on one too many defenders and loses control of the ball.
41' Koutroumbis, with a half-shot, half-cross effort, watches on as the ball whistles past the far post missing narrowly.
T. Sucipto
Y. Nasadit
Persija
40' SUBSTITUTION PERSIJA - A change before half time for Persija with Yan Nasadit making way for Tony Sucipto.
38' Petratos has a target inside the penalty area but Utomo is in best position to chop the pass off for Persija.
35' CHANCE!  A delightful ball in from the left from Georgievski gives O'Donovan the open goal to aim at but he is caught in two minds whether to use his chest or his head and inexplicably the ball sprays wide.  How did he miss that?!?!
31' Sheppard slides the ball out to the right where Petratos is on-side with just the keeper to beat however the moment passes with a heavy first touch allowing Ardhiyasa to slide in and remove the danger for Persija.
30' Fitness will be a huge factor as this match wears on with the temperature still well over 30 degrees in Newcastle.
28' Georgievski crosses low to the near post where the target is Petratos however Ardhiyasa is out quickly to win the race for the ball and thump it clear.
27' The Jets defence stand off Simanjuntak which allows him to dart to just outside the penalty area - he pulls the trigger but his slashing strike is narrowly wide of the far post.
26' Sheppard slides a neat ball through for the run of O'Donovan with just the keeper ahead but it comes to nought with the linesman's flag up for offside - the replays show there wasn't much in that one!
22' Maman Abdurrahman gets into the back of O'Donovan and the Jets, with a free kick just forward of half way, have a chance to set up an attacking foray.
20' Petratos, with the corner kick, gets the ball to swing late - it clears the head of Persija keeper Ardhiyasa and almost curls in but just flashes past the far post.
18' Sofyan swings an awkward cross in from the right toward the goal mouth where Simic is lurking however Nigel Boogaard, playing in front, is able to work the ball over the goal line for another Persija corner.
17' Consecutive corners to Persija who are starting to look dangerous - this one is dealt with better by the Newcastle defence with Ugarkovic in good position to hack the ball clear.
15' The first corner of the match for Persija almost results in the first goal of the match!  A complete lapse from the Jets defence gives Simic a huge sight at the open goal but he can't quite get his head to the ball.
14' Vargas attempts to connect with Georgievski with a neat one-two but it comes to nought with the linesman's flag up for offside.
12' Petratos swings the ball into the area from the right hand side however the cross is ill-directed with Utomo able to comfortably nod the ball clear of the danger area.
10' Free kick to the Jets - Petratos stands over the ball in a dangerous position directly in front of goal however he blasts his effort well over the cross bar.
8' Petratos dashes to a dangerous attacking position in front of goal but he runs out of support and eventually is bundled off the ball.
6' Georgievski links up with Vargas down the left hand side and the home side have a corner - the Jets have controlled possession and territory in the early stages but haven't yet troubled the Persija goal.
4' It's been a difficult day off the field for Simic, who scored last week in the first round play off against Home United, and he loses control of the ball over the sidelines much to the delight of the parochial home crowd.
2' It's been a very hot day and it is still very warm in Newcastle with the mercury hovering around the mid-30s for kick off in this clash.
1' FIRST HALF - The Jets kick off and we are underway in the first half!
On the line in this evening's cut-throat clash is a chance to have a crack at the reigning AFC Champions League winners, Kashima Antlers, in the final play-off round next week.
Persija Jakarta earned a spot in the first preliminary round after being crowned as the champions of the Indonesian Liga 1 in 2018 - they then won through to tonight's second round with a 3-1 victory over Home United from Singapore last week.
Newcastle qualified for the AFC Champions League second preliminary round having finished as runners-up in the A-League last season.  Domestically, this season has been a mixed bag for the Jets who currently sit in 7th position on the ladder.
Welcome to Hunter Stadium for the do-or-die AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 2 qualifier clash between the Newcastle Jets and Persija Jakarta.
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