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Ceres in a Must-Win Against Tampines

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Ceres Negros FC braces for a virtual knockout match in the AFC Cup against Singaporean side Tampines Rovers tonight at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

The Negros side revived their AFC Cup campaign with a 6-2 shellacking of Hanoi FC last month to put them back at the top of Group G with eight points. However, with Hanoi playing Felda United in the other group match, Ceres needs to collect maximum to points to qualify to the ASEAN zonal semifinals.

“Both teams are motivated,” said Ceres mentor Risto Vidakovic. “It will be a tough game and I expect my team to give everything and the result, we’ll never know. Anything can happen,”

Tampines were given a rude welcome by the Negros side in their first meeting last March. Ceres opened the floodgates in a 5-0 win which saw Iain Ramsay score his first goal for the club in the very first minute of the match.

“The game in Bacolod was something special,” said Ceres captain Martin Steuble. “I think the match will be a different situation, a different stadium. Tampines is very strong at home they are hard to beat.”

The stakes are higher this time around. All four teams in the group are separated by three points and any result that goes away from Ceres might prove fatal to their campaign.

“We have to win to qualify for the next round, lose we’re out,” added Vidakovic. “We will fight for the win. Tampines will also do the same.”

Kick off is at 7:30 PM and will be shown live on Fox Sports 3. — CAL

Global’s Knockout Berth on the Line Against Boeung Ket

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Global Cebu FC set their sights on an AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal semifinal berth as they face Cambodian side Boeung Ket Angkor tonight in the final match of Group F at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Global’s current run in the AFC Cup has been remarkable to date. The Dan Palami-backed squad have defied the odds with two character building wins over Malaysian powerhouse Johor Darul Ta’zim and Burmese side Magwe to put the Cebuano side at the top of Group F with 12 points.

“It’s been a better campaign from two years ago,” remarked goalkeeper Patrick Deyto. “We defeated JDT at home, which was a good result and the last game against Magwe, the team showed their character with the come from behind win.

Still, the job is not yet through for Global. Only a win will be enough to send Global to the knockout stages regardless of the result of the other group game between Johor and Magwe. Any dropped points will complicate the standings as only the best second placed team among the three groups will join the group winners in the zonal semifinals.

In addition, Global will have to deal with the absence of midfielder Matthew Hartmann, who is suspended for the match, and the fitness of Misagh Bahadoran, who is recovering from a knee injury.

“We have to focus and give our 100%. We cannot be complacent even if we won the first game,” said goalkeeper Patrick Deyto. “We have to be aware of that. We need the three points. (Topping the group) will be a good achievement for us and from there we will see how far we still have to go.”

The match kicks off at 8:35 PM and will be shown live on Fox Sports. Tickets are available at Rizal Memorial. — CAL

Ceres Back in the Hunt After Humbling Hanoi

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On a humid summer night, Ceres Negros FC let it rain over Vietnamese side Hanoi FC, thrashing them, 6-2, in front of a capacity crowd at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, Negros Occidental.

Bienvenido Maranon, Kevin Ingreso, Fernando Rodriguez, and Jason De Jong put on a performance to remember for the Negros side. The win allowed Ceres to move back to the top of Group G with eight points, level with Hanoi but with a better head-to-head record. In the other group match, Felda United fell at the hands of Tampines Rovers, 1-3.

Heading into the match, Ceres needed to take maximum points to keep their chances of qualifying to the zonal semifinals alive. Any dropped points would have been disastrous for the club.

Maranon kickstarted the party with a 13th minute penalty kick. Kevin Ingreso doubled the advantage in the 21st minute after a powerful shot on goal.

Hanoi pulled one back from a Phan Thanh Luong free kick in the 25th minute to give the visitors a lifeline. Ceres had a 2-1 lead at the half.

The second half saw the Negros squad looking to kill off their opponents with their blistering pace in attack. Rodriguez made it 3-1 in the 51st minute with a looping effort over the keeper and into the top corner.

Tempers flared at the hour mark. Hanoi substitute Hoang Vu Samson was given a straight red card for violent conduct.

Ceres netted their fourth goal in the 69th minute from an unlikely source. Hanoi defender Alvaro Silva turned the ball into his own net as Rodriguez was about to take the shot.

Hanoi claimed some pride late on as Do Hung Dung scored from the spot in the 86th minute. However, de Jong and Maranon scored a goal each to cap off a memorable display in front of their home fans.

Ceres will finish their group stage campaign against Tampines Rovers on May 3 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. — CAL

Four-Goal Turnaround Puts Global Closer to AFC Cup Knockout Stages

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With their backs against the wall, Global Cebu FC produced a stunning comeback in the AFC Cup, defeating Burmese side Magwe, 4-2, yesterday at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon, Myanmar.

Darryl Roberts loomed large for Global. The forward scored twice in a span of a minute late in the match to turn the tide in Global’s favor after Magwe took a shock lead in the first half.

Global now has 12 points with one game left in Group F. Johor Darul Ta’zim are in second with 10 points after a 3-0 win over Boeung Ket Angkor in the other group match.

Global came into the match undermanned with only four named substitutes on the bench. Moreover, flight issues outside the club’s control hampered the team’s preparation with the final contingent only arriving in Myanmar the night before the match.

The first half saw Global miss several chances to go ahead. Azkal Dennis Villanueva had two chances in the 23rd and 25th minutes, but both were off target. Shu Sasaki came the closest in the 36th minute but saw his effort hit the post and out.

Disaster struck for Global just a minute later. Naing Naing Kyaw found the back of the net for the hosts to take a 1-0 half-time lead.

Coach Toshiaki Imai adjusted right at the start of the second half as Global chased the one-goal deficit. Marco Casambre and Paolo Salenga came on to replace Paul Mulders and Germaine Agustien.

The adjustments allowed Global to press on for the equalizer. Salenga had the chance to draw level in the 67th minute unmarked, but sent his effort over.

Global finally struck gold in the 72nd minute. Matthew Hartmann found space in the box to send a shot in but was blocked. However, Hikaru Minegishi was left free in the middle to slot home the rebound.

Ten minutes later, the turnaround was complete and Global were two goals ahead. Roberts netted in the 82nd and 83rd minutes to put his side in the driver’s seat. Sasaki made amends for his missed effort in the first half with a fourth goal in the 89th minute to cap off a scintillating performance.

Magwe scored a second consolation goal from a Naing Lin Tun free kick right before full-time, but Global had the last laugh as the win put them closer to a spot to the zonal semifinals.

Global face Cambodian side Boeung Ket Angkor in the final Group F match on May 3 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.– CAL

Magwe Test Await Global in Myanmar

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The stakes can’t get any higher for Global Cebu FC in the AFC Cup as they face Burmese side Magwe today at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon, Myanmar.

Global are coming off a remarkable 3-2 win over Malaysian powerhouse Johor Darul Ta’zim to lead Group F with nine points.

A win over Magwe will put Global on the cusp of a spot to the Zonal semifinals as Johor face Boeung Ket Angkor in the other match.

Global opened their AFC Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Magwe last February 21. Misagh Bahadoran scored the only goal of that match. However the skipper will miss the match due to a knee injury.

Defender Amani Aguinaldo is keen on Global’s chances against Magwe.

“We have to beat (Magwe) again,” said Aguinaldo. “It will be a tougher game since it’s an away game, but with the way we played (against JDT), I think we can challenge them.”

The match kicks off at 3:30 PM local time (5:00 PM Manila time) and will be shown LIVE on Fox Sports 2. — CAL

Ceres Seek AFC Cup Redemption Against Hanoi

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In a bid to keep their AFC Cup campaign alive, Ceres Negros FC face Hanoi FC in a crucial group G match tonight at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, Negros Occidental.

The Negros side suffered a painful 3-0 defeat at the hands of Malaysian side Felda United last week, and are now in a dangerous situation of missing a spot to the zonal semifinals.

Ceres currently sit in third place, level on points with Felda at five points, but the Malaysian side have a better head-to-head record. Only the group winner and the best second placed team at the end of the group stage will advance to the next round. Hanoi, on the other hand, have eight points because of two wins and two draws.

One of those draws came at the hands of Ceres when the two teams met in a 1-1 draw last February 21. Bienvenido Maranon sent the Negros side ahead in the 49th minute but that was cancelled out by Nguyen van Quyet eight minutes later.

Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic expects his team to bounce back after the shock defeat against Felda. Manny Ott returns to the squad after serving his suspension. However, Martin Steuble will miss the match after accumulating two yellow cards.

“My expectations from the players is that they give their 100 percent,” said Vidakovic. “There are no other options. We have to win the game if we want to advance. I just want the team to compete for 90 minutes and try to reach the result we need.”

Iain Ramsay echoed his coach’s statements and is keen for redemption and to stay in the tournament. The midfielder had not seen the back of the net since his 30-second opener against Tampines Rovers last March 3.

“We only want to make amends for that result,” said Ramsay. “We drew them away from home last time. We’ll give everything against Hanoi.”

Kick off for the match is at 7:30 PM and it will be shown live on Fox Sports 2. — CAL

AFC Cup Win Over JDT Signals Global’s Ascendancy

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With their AFC Cup campaign hanging by a thread after the 4-0 rout by Johor Darul Ta’zim last month, Global Cebu FC turned the script by firing three goals in an eight minute span to defeat the 2015 AFC Cup winners, 3-2, last Wednesday.

No less than Global’s Chief Executive Dan Palami hailed the win as one of the club’s biggest, not counting the League title deciders and Cup finals the club has played through the years. Global are now in a prime position to advance to the Zonal semifinals with two games left in the group stage.

“It’s a group stage win but it’s against a former champion who shellacked us last time we played them,” said Palami. “We got the result that we wanted and we are back on top of the table.”

Global were a different team from the one that played in Johor a fortnight ago. The players looked deflated in the defeat, but according to Palami, the added pressure from the loss gave the team the motivation they needed.

“The players again believe in themselves,” added Palami. “It’s good to know that we are able to match with the best of Southeast Asia.”

Amani Aguinaldo echoed Palami’s words. The defender scored Global’s third goal of the match in the 34th minute after a ferocious counter-attack that caught JDT’s defense off guard.

“Winning is the best drive a team can get to move on to the next few games,” said Aguinaldo. “(Against JDT), we were just hungry, we really wanted to win.”

Global’s next AFC Cup assignment will be against Burmese side Magwe FC on April 19 at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon. — CAL

Ceres Misfire in Scoreless Draw with Felda

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Ceres Negros FC dropped two crucial points after a scoreless draw against Malaysian side Felda United in the AFC Cup last night at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

Goalkeeper Roland Muller was the Bacolod side’s savior with a penalty save at the hour mark to keep Ceres in the hunt for a spot to the next round. Ceres are currently at the top of Group G with five points, level with Hanoi FC, who defeated Tampines Rovers, 4-0, in the other group match.

Almost 9,000 people were in attendance to witness the match. However, a repeat of the massive win over Tampines was not meant to be as the home side were left frustrated by their lack of finishing.

Manuel Herrera almost had it in the 10th minute, the Spaniard was at the end of a Manny Ott corner, but could only divert his header wide.

The game went on with both sides left frustrated by their questionable finishing, and by the 60th minute, disaster struck for Ceres.

A clumsy challenge from Carli de Murga on Norshahrul Idlan inside the Ceres box left the referee with no choice but to award the penalty to the visitors. Lucas Cano stepped up to take the penalty, but Muller was equal to it, diving to his right to preserve the scoreline. Both teams settled in the latter stages of the match to collect a solitary point.

The two sides will meet again on April 4, at the Shah Alam Stadium. — CAL

Global Yields to JDT, Goes Down to Second in Group F

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Global FC put up a spirited fight away from home but were unable to hold Johor Darul Ta’zim as the Malaysian side came away with a 4-0 win last night at the Larkin Stadium in Johor, Malaysia.

Two quickfire goals from Johor in the first half broke the backs of Global, who dropped points for the first time this season to go down to second place. JDT are now on top of Group F with seven points, one more than Global.

Johor took the lead in the 31st minute when Mahali Jasuli rifled a shot that ricocheted off the post and into the goal.

The hosts then made it 2-0 from the spot just three minutes later. Ahmad Bakri made a meal of Amani Aguinaldo’s shoulder challenge in the box, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Johor captain Safiq Rahim scored from the spot, sending the ball into the bottom left corner. Johor led at the half, 2-0.

Global put on a better second half, finding chances on goal and almost scoring. Substitute OJ Clarino came close in the 73rd minute but was denied by Izham Tarmizi. Shu Sasaki also had a golden opportunity in the 83rd minute from a back heel flick by Aguinaldo but Tarmizi made a good save on the one-on-one.

However, Johor would score two more goals in quick succession late in the match to complete the rout. Brian Ferreira dribbled past the Global defense and had a clean look in the 88th minute. Marcos Antonio added a fourth goal in the second minute of injury time with a bullet of a header from the free kick.

The two teams will meet again, this time at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, on April 5. — CAL

Ceres Eye Second AFC Cup Win

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Ceres Negros FC gun for another win in the AFC Cup, this time against Malaysian side Felda United in front of an expected sell out crowd tonight at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, Negros Occidental.

Ceres are coming off a dominating 5-0 win over Tampines Rovers to go on top of Group F. Bienvenido Marañon netted a brace, while Iain Ramsay, Manny Ott, and Fernando Rodriguez added in to the goals.

However, Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic does not expect the same performance against the Malaysian side. Felda United are at the bottom of the group with a single point after drawing Hanoi FC, 1-1, last week.

“(The game against Tampines) is finished. We have a different opponent, for me much better, more organized,” said Vidakovic. “It will not be easy to beat them but I hope the players will be ready to try to win the game”

Once again, the boisterous home crowd will be a crucial factor in the match. The Local Organizing Committee have allotted more than 8,000 tickets for the match, all of which were sold out days leading to the match.

“We are really looking forward for this game,” said Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller. “Hoping once again for the home support like the last game.”

The match kicks off at 7:30 PM and it will be shown LIVE on FOX Sports. — CAL

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