Ceres-Negros FC wants to end their AFC Cup campaign in a winning note but once again, Home United of Singapore gave the Busmen a thorn in their campaign as the Singaporean side gave the Filipino counterparts a 2-0 loss last April 26th at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
Two late goals from Home United, propelled them into the lead of Group F with Izzdin Shafiq first found the back of the net in the 80th minute while Song Ui-Young nailed his penalty kick, off the foul from Ceres-Negros’ Sean Kane in injury time.
Home United got 13 points and reaching the criteria for the head-to-head matchup, which grants them the top spot. They also had an impressive 3-1-1 win-loss-draw to end their AFC Cup qualification campaign.
“In football, everything like that happens as we have seen today. They did not do anything to win, but they won,” said Ceres-Negros striker Bienvenido Marañon via Rappler about their huge number on possession but they failed to nail a goal despite that.
“For today, it’s a small mistake as they (Home United) are lucky we lost but it’s okay, it’s football,” Maranon added.
Meanwhile, Ceres-Negros head coach Risto Vidakovic mentioned that the team needs to learn from their shocking lost against Home United.
“We have to learn from this,”
Vidakovic via Fox Sports Philippines
”We have to learn that there are no easy opponents. We have to play. We have to fight. We have to run. And I think in the second half, it was not the case,” Vidakovic added.
”Of course, it’s a different motivation,” Vidakovic echoed if their motivation is affected after they already assured a spot for the ASEAN zonal semifinals last week.
“The players probably (were thinking) it was already done. We knew after the game in Cambodia (against Boeung Ket Angkor) that we already (qualified) in the semifinals,” Vidakovic concluded.
This was different from what he said a day before the match.
“We have a really excellent group stage until now,” said Vidakovic via Philippine Football Federation website. “We have an opportunity to finish the group stage on top. We want to get a good result tomorrow.”
Familiarity is what Vidakovic also pointed out as both teams face off in the ASEAN zonal semi-finals last year with Home United winning the series with a score of 3-2.
“We know each other, we played each other 3 [times]. We know how they play and we want to have a good result and give happiness to our home crowd tomorrow,” said Vidakovic via Rappler but Ceres-Negros looks failed to capitalize those familiarities to win the match.
Ceres-Negros suffered their first loss in the AFC Cup ended their stint with 3- 1-1 win-loss-draw record.
Home United will face Group H leader Persija Jakarta of Indonesia in the ASEAN zonal semis while Ceres-Negros will face Group G leader Yangon United.
Ceres-Negros will host the first leg on May 9th while Yangon United will host the second leg at Yangon, Myanmar on May 16th.
Global-Cebu defeats Bali United to end AFC cup campaign
Global-Cebu FC ended their AFC Cup campaign on a winning note via a 3-1 victory over Bali United of Indonesia in the same day at the Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Bali, Indonesia.
Rufo Sanchez first put Global aboard with a goal, just two minutes into the match, conspiring with Paolo Salenga in the right wing. The lead was doubled in the 34th minute with Paul Mulders nailed his own goal.
Sanchez was not yet done in helping Global-Cebu in securing the victory in nailing another goal in the 46th minute. He conspired with Paolo Bugas to give Global-Cebu a 3-0 lead against Bali United.
Nick Van Der gave Bali United its first goal of the game in the 70th minute.
Global-Cebu ended their AFC Cup campaign with eight points in Group G as they place second, just behind Yangon United. They registered 2-2-2 win-loss-draw record on the process.
Bali United, on the other hand, finished at the bottom in Group G with five points built on 1-3-2 win-loss-draw record.
FLC Thanh Hoa of Vietnam finished third in the standings with six points.