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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

Ceres Negros Pull Off Record AFC Cup Win Over Tampines Rovers

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Ceres Negros FC had a memorable performance in the AFC Cup, demolishing Singaporean side Tampines Rovers 5-nil last night at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, Negros Occidental.

Binevenido Maranon scored a brace while Iain Ramsay, Manny Ott, and Fernando Rodriguez contributed in the emphatic beatdown of Tampines Rovers. The win lifted Ceres to the top of Group G with four points after Felda United and Hanoi FC battled to a 1-1 draw in the other group match.

New signing Ramsay introduced himself to the adoring hometown crowd with an opening minute scorcher that set the tone of the match. The winger unleashed a curling shot from just outside the box that curled past Tampines stopper Izwan Mahbud.

Maranon added a second in the 24th minute. Tampines’ defense broke down after Mahbud rushed way off his line to try and get to the ball, allowing the Spaniard to score on a wide open goal.

Ott capitalized on another poor choice by the Tampines defense and widened the lead in the 38th minute. The midfielder was given enough space to rifle a shot from just the edge of the box, hitting the underside of the bar and in. Ceres held a comfortable 3-0 lead at the half.

Tampines finally looked settled in the first 15 minutes in the second half. However, it did not take Ceres long to score their fourth goal of the night. Maranon was released by a Ramsay long ball, and was through on goal to make a chipped shot past Mahbud. It was the Spanish winger’s third goal of the tournament after scoring in the draw against Hanoi two weeks ago.

Rodriguez also did not disappoint in his home debut for the club by scoring the final goal in the 72nd minute. A combination play between Ott and Jeffrey Christians allowed the Spanish striker to convert from close range to cap off a memorable night for the Negros side.

Ceres return to Panaad Stadium next week, March 15. The Negros side will take on Malaysia’s Felda United which are currently at the bottom of the table with a solitary point. — CAL

Mulders Double Puts Global on Top of Group F in AFC Cup

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Global FC collected their second win in the AFC Cup with a 2-0 win over Cambodian side Boeung Ket Angkor last night at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Despite fielding only 16 players for this match after injuries sidelined the likes of Paolo Bugas and Marco Casambre, veteran Paul Mulders was the catalyst for Global. Mulders scored on either side of the half to send Global to the top of Group F with six points. The other group match saw Burmese side Magwe drawing Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta’zim, 1-1.

“We only had sixteen players today, and I only had a few options,” said Global coach Toshiaki Imai. “The starters were very tired (towards the end of the match), but I am very happy with the result.”

Global got on the scoresheet inside the first ten minutes of the match. A botched clearance from the Boeung Ket defense allowed Mulders a right footed strike in the fifth minute that left goalkeeper Sou Yaty rooted to his line.

Hikaru Minegishi and skipper Misagh Bahadoran could have doubled the advantage midway in the first half, but they could not convert their chances on goal. On the other side of the pitch, goalkeeper Patrick Deyto was called upon on a couple of occasions to cancel out the Boeung Ket attack. Global led at the half, 1-0.

Global scored their second goal from the spot in the 65th minute after winger Shu Sasaki was tripped up inside the penalty area. Mulders took the penalty and sent it to the bottom-left corner to clearly put Global in the driver’s seat.

Bahadoran, who was named man of the match, highlighted the importance of the win. It was Global’s first of two away games in the group stage.

“Our early goal changed everything and we took advantage of that,” said Bahadoran. “The team did a very good job, this win was important for us.”

Global face Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta’zim next week, March 14 at the Larkin Stadium in Johor, Malaysia. — CAL