Yangon United of Myanmar ended Ceres-Negros FC’s aspiration to further advance into the next stage of the preliminary round of the 2019 AFC Champions League in giving the Philippine side a 2-1 lost last February 5th at the Panaad Stadium, Bacolod City.
Vinicius Miller put Yangon United on the scoreboard with a free kick in the 27th minute but, the straight hold quickly vanished thanks to a goal from Stephan Schrock in the 44th minute through the cross from Martin Steuble to tie things at 1-1 at halftime.
The visitors struck in the 58th minute courtesy of Kaung Htet Soe to put Yangon United on 2-1 advantage.
Ceres-Negros looked to equalize with OJ Porteria in the 68th minute but his attack was intercepted by United’s goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Htet. The Busmen midfielder once again attempted to penetrate Yangon’s net in the 72nd minute, unfortunately, his shot hit the crossbar.
In their early exit from the AFC Champions League, the Bacolod-based team failed to duplicate their success in the last edition of the preliminary round when they defeated Myanmar’s Shan United in the first phase, upsetting Brisbane Roar of Australia in the second round but suffered a defeat in the hands of Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian in the playoff.
“We couldn’t find the way to play, to keep the ball, to get opportunities. I think we underestimated them a little bit. We were expecting a different team,” said Ceres-Negros head coach Risto Vidakovic via the Philippine News Agency.
“Our last game was in September, but that is not an excuse for our loss,” Vidakovic added as the 2019 AFC Champions League preliminary round against Yangon United was their first match in many months after they last played as a team back in Copa Paulino Alcantara last year.
“It’s a tough result for us, but it’s hard to play when half of the team has not played since September and half the team has been playing a lot of competitive games in the past three months with different teammates,” said Schrock via Inquirer.net as Ceres-Negros will now focus on the 2019 AFC Cup and the upcoming season of the Philippine Premier League (PPL).
Ceres-Negros in the 2019 AFC Cup was assigned in Group G together with Shan United of Myanmar, Becamex Bin Duong of Vietnam and Persija Jakarta of Indonesia.
“I congratulate Ceres, they played very well. For us, our players, from the first minute to the last minute, have full concentration, aggressive play, fighting spirit, everything,” said Yangon United head coach Myo Min Tun via the Philippine News Agency on their opponent.
Yangon United will face Chiang Rai United of Thailand in the second phase of the preliminary stage of the AFC Champions League on February 12th.
PFF fined by AFC due to yellow cards in Asian Cup
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) slapped fines to the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) due to the Philippine Azkals different infractions during their maiden AFC Asian Cup campaign last January.
In the decision released by the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee last January 20th, the PFF will pay USD 2,500 or Php 130,000 fine.
The fine stemmed after five of its players was sanctioned during the Azkals Group Stages match against Kyrgyzstan which the former suffered a defeat 2-1.
Javier Patino, Kevin Ingreso, Stephen Palla, Alvaro Silva, and Luke Woodland was given a yellow card furthermore Palla, Manny Ott and Adam Reed were meted with Red card during the match.
The PFF has 30 days to settle the fine and Asia’s governing body for football warned the PFF the punishment for the same action in the future could be severe.
Still, the Azkals has the lowest fine to pay according to the string of decisions released by the AFC with Australia goalkeeping coach Johannes Cornelis received the highest fine with USD 10,000 plus a game suspension for abusive language against Syria during their Group Stages assignment.