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Bali United's Paulo Sergio and Ilija Spasojevic to miss the next match in AFC Cup

Bali United's Paulo Sergio and Ilija Spasojevic to miss the next match in AFC Cup

Due to fatigue, the defending champion of the Indonesian Liga 1 would not bring two of their best players to the Philippines to play in the AFC Cup.

After the hard match against Barito Putera in the 2020 Indonesian Liga 1, some players of Bali United met troubles with their physical strength.

As a result, midfielder Paulo Sergio and striker Ilija Spasojevic were not included in the team squad to travel to the Philippines to play the next match against Ceres-Negros in the 2020 AFC Cup.

From the perspective of coach Stefano Cugurra "Teco", it was the most possible method for those players to play with their full strength in the following matches.

Although Sergio and Spasojevic are top players in Indonesia, they find it very hard to play every match in one season when they are over 30 years old.

However, Bali United may meet trouble without Sergio and Spasojevic in their squad. At the moment, they are standing in 3rd place at Group G of the 2020 AFC Cup, which is not enough for the Liga 1 champion to advance to the next round.

It will affect their plan to conquer at both the national and continental competitions. A few days ago Bali United lost the Cambodian side Svay Rieng in the latest match, which made them only stand above the Vietnamese team Than Quang Ninh at the group stage.