It was a mixed result for Philippine Football League (PFL) teams Ceres-Negros FC and Global-Cebu FC as they continued their campaign in the AFC Cup 2018.
Ceres-Negros leads Group F of AFC Cup in virtue of 2-0 thrashing of Shan United.
The reigning PFL champions Ceres-Negros FC seized control at the top of the AFC Cup 2018 Group F by defeating Myanmar’s Shan United, 2-0 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last March 7th.
Patrick Reichelt registered the first goal of Busmen in the 79th minute to get Ceres-Negros on board after their Myanmar counterparts failed to do so in the first half.
“It’s not easy to play teams that are dedicated to defending, but the effort was good and of course the players gave everything,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic via Inquirer.net
“But there are a lot of things we have to improve. We have to be more patient when we build up. But the most important thing is that we got the goal and did not concede any goal.” Vitakovic added.
Bienvenido Maranon scored another goal for Busmen in the 84th minute to finish off their opponent.
“They deserved the win,” said Shan United coach Soe Myat Min via the same Inquirer.net report. “My players gave an all-out effort, but they made two mistakes in the second half and in those mistakes we conceded two goals. We can learn from this (loss).”
It was a bounce-back win for Ceres-Negros after tangling with Singapore’s Home United
Ceres-Negros are now on top of Group F of the AFC Cup with seven points.Home United meanwhile is at the second place with four points. Shan United and Boeung Ket of Cambodia are third and fourth place respectively with three points apiece.
Ceres-Negros will now fly to Myanmar to face Shan United at Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, on March 14, 4:00 PM ( PHI Time)
Global-Cebu suffers a shutout against Yangon United
Ceres-Negros archrival in the PFL, Global-Cebu FC suffered a different fate as they succumbed to Yangon United in a 3-0 defeat last March 7 in the Group G action at the Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon Myanmar.
Former Global-Cebu player Sekou Sylla led the charge for the Yangon United in drilling two goals (48th and 57th minutes) to give the lead to his new team.
Maung Maung Lwin opened the gate for Yangon United in scoring a free kick in the 45th minute to give Yangon United a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The situation got worse for the Global-Cebu team after Marco Casambre was sent out of the field at the 79th minute after receiving his second yellow card. Yangon United also saw Zaw Thein sent out earlier in the 77th minute and both teams finished with a ten-man team.
Both players will be suspended for the next game due to two yellow cards.
Global-Cebu FC is currently dead last in Group G with one point only, after suffering their second lost out of their last three games. Yangon United is currently leading Group G with nine points, while Bali United of Indonesia is second with four points. Thanh Hoa FC of Vietnam is third with three points.
It’s Yangon United turn to fly to the Philippines to face Global-Cebu FC on March 13, 7:30 PM (PHI Time) at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. It’s important for Global-Cebu FC to win this game if they want to remain in contention for the next round of the 2018 AFC Cup.