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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

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

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

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

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

Global Targets Three Points vs Boeung Ket Angkor

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Global FC embark on a two-game South East Asian trip in the AFC Cup, starting with a match against Cambodian side Boeung Ket Angkor, tonight at 6:00 PM (Cambodia time) at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

This will be the first of two away matches that Global plays in the span of a week. Boeung Ket Angkor qualified to the AFC Cup as league champions and had to overcome Lao side Lao Toyota in the play-off round. Global face Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta’zim next week in Johor.

The 2016 UFL League champions began their campaign with a rousing 1-0 win over Burmese side Magwe last February 21 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Global skipper Misagh Bahadoran found the back of the net for the Philippine side to claim their first three points. New foreign signings Wesley Dos Santos, Germaine Agustien, and Darryl Roberts also impressed in their club debuts.

“The first win was a good motivation for Global,” said Bahadoran after their win over Magwe. “The players have good confidence now going to the next game. We’re going to get better in our next match.”

Head coach Toshikai Imai expects his side to build on the momentum from the last game to get a second win in the Group F.

“I expect a 100% performance (from the team) to get the win,” said Imai. “It is our goal for this match.”

Bahadoran also stressed the importance of scoring the goal. Despite winning over Magwe, Global were unable to improve on their goal differential. This put them in second place in the group behind Johor. Only the top team in the group, along with the best second place team among the three ASEAN groups will advance to the next round.

“Every goal is important in each game,” said Bahadoran. “We have to get points as much as possible.”

The match will be shown live on Fox Sports 2 at 6:50 PM Manila time. — CAL

Global Begin AFC Cup Campaign vs Myanmar’s Magwe

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From their stint in the AFC Champions League Preliminaries, Global FC now set their sights on the AFC Cup, which begins with a match against Myanmar’s Magwe FC tonight at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

This will be Global’s second stint in the AFC Cup after a brief run in 2015. Global are in Group F along with Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim, Cambodia’s Boeung Ket Angkor, and Magwe. The three group winners, plus the best second placed side will advance to the next round which will determine the ASEAN representative in the Zonal finals.

According to skipper Misagh Bahadoran, Global are eager to impress in the group stage despite the challenges that await them.

“Every loss makes you stronger. We were just new in AFC Cup (then) so we didn’t know how to face the problems, how strong the other teams are,” said Bahadoran. “Now we know what it feels, everything needs to be organized, we are more disciplined and physically ready.”

Global made several changes in their squad following their Champions League exit at the hands of Australian side Brisbane Roar last month. Former Dutch youth player Germaine Agustien, Trinidadian Daryl Roberts, and Brazilian Wesley Dos Santos are Global’s new foreign reinforcements. Japanese midfielder Shu Sasaki was the only foreign player from the Champions League squad that was retained.

“Our team system is changing a little bit,” said Global coach Toshiaki Imai. “I’ll make some tactical adjustments for the players.”

Kickoff is at 7:30 PM at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Tickets are available at the gate. — CAL

Global in Champions League Matchup with Brisbane

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The match of their lives. Global FC are in the second preliminary round of the AFC Champions League where they face A-League side Brisbane Roar tonight at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

The Filipino side are coming off a memorable 2-0 win over Singapore’s Tampines Rovers last week to advance to the next round of the AFC Champions League. However, Global are about to step onto another level of Asian football, where no Philippine football club has been before.

The team from Queensland will be the second test for Global in their bid for an AFC Champions League group stages spot. Brisbane Roar are the second Australian side for Global. Last year, Global took on Perth Glory in Manila in a friendly that ended in a scoreless draw.

Global had quite an eventful run just to qualify for the Champions League. The Dan Palami-backed squad won both the 2016 UFL Cup and 2016 League to qualify staving off the likes of Ceres-Negros FC, Loyola Meralco Sparks FC, Kaya FC, and pesky JP Voltes FC in the process.

Brisbane Roar qualified for the Champions League after finishing third in the A-League. They were also semifinalists in the A-League Grand Final last year. The league setup in Australia is quite unique, it consists of a regular season and a playoff tournament to determine which team will be the champion.

Should Brisbane Roar advance all the way to the group stages, they will be the third Australian team in the Champions League behind A-League winners Adelaide United, and 2014 AFC Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers.

Brisbane Roar have tasted various victories in the past having won the A-League on three occasions, 2011, 2012, and most recently 2014. The Roar are only one of two teams that have won three A-League titles. Similarly, Global have also won the United Football League title three times: in 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Brisbane Roar also boasts several national team standouts from their side. Their current coach, John Aloisi, was a former Socceroo who played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Tommy Oar and Matt McKay were part of the Socceroos that won the Asian Cup in 2015. Likewise, current Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou, led Brisbane Roar to back-to-back A-League titles in 2011 and 2012. The team also holds the longest undefeated streak in Australian sporting history with 36 games.

The match is tonight at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Kickoff is at 7 PM (5 PM Manila time). — CAL

Global Claim Maiden AFC Champions League Win

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Global FC had a memorable first win in the AFC Champions League when they defeated Singaporean side Tampines Rovers, 2-0, last night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

New signing Ahamd Azzawi and skipper Misagh Bahadoran found the back of the net in the second half to hand the Filipino side a maiden win in Asia’s top club competition. The win puts Global in a match against Australian A-League side Brisbane Roar in the second preliminary round next week, January 31.

“I’m so proud to be part of this big victory, the biggest victory by a Philippine football club,” said Global captain Bahadoran. “I will savor this moment until we go to Australia where I hope we will do our best again.”

Global started the match brightly and almost got the breakthrough in the fourth minute. Dennis Villanueva sent Bahadoran free on the counter, but the skipper sent his shot straight to Tampines stopper Izwan Mahbud.

Villanueva also had a crack at goal in the 35th minute. The midfielder sent a glancing header on goal but Mahbud was quick to tip the ball over.

With Global unable to convert their chances, the visitors started to assert themselves before half-time. Singapore international Khairul Amri whipped in a curling free kick that went over the bar in the 40th minute. Ryutaro Megumi followed suit a minute later with a shot that went across the face of goal but failed to find the target to end the first half at 0-0.

The second half started the same way as the first. Bahadoran had a golden opportunity in the 51st minute when the forward had already beaten Izwan but Rovers captain Madhu Mohana was there to clear the ball away.

Ten minutes later, the stadium finally erupted. Azzawi scored Global’s first ever goal in the AFC Champions League in the 61st minute. Bahadoran did well to find the midfielder inside the box, who then sent a strong shot towards the top corner.

Global wasted no time in finding a second, and it came in the 73rd minute. Azzawi turned provider and sent the ball to Bahadoran in the middle. The Global skipper unleashed a low yet powerful shot that deflected off Daniel Bennet to beat Izwan.

The visitors still had a chance to reduce the deadlock in the 90th minute from the spot after Villanueva fouled Muhammad Shakir in the box. Unfortunately for Tampines, Patrick Deyto loomed large and denied Amri’s spot kick.

Global head coach Toshikai Imai was impressed by Global’s performance in the game. The Japanese mentor only arrived in the country a few days ago and was able to instil his ideas in the players in that short amount of time.

“The players took my advice, and in the second half we scored two goals,” said Imai. “(Deyto) also had a penalty saved and it was big for us.”

Global play Brisbane Roar on Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 PM local time (5:00 PM Manila time), at Suncorp Stadium. — CAL

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