Ceres falls to Singapore club

Published April 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

by Jonas Terrado

Ceres-Negros failed to secure the top spot in Group F after a 2-0 home loss to Singapore’s Home United Wednesday at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City but nonetheless secured qualification to the ASEAN zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup.

The Busmen conceded the two goals late in the match as Shafiq Izzdin broke the ice in the 80th minute before Korean Song Ui-Young sealed the count shortly before the final whistle, giving Home United the top spot in the group.

Both clubs finished with identical 13 points but Home won the brackets due to a tiebreaker, thus making Ceres the best second placer from Groups F to H

Ceres will face Group G winner Yangon United in the ASEAN semis, with the first leg set May 9 in Bacolod City and the return leg slated May 16 in Yangon, Myanmar.

The winning side takes on either Home United or Indonesia’s Persija Jakarta in the ASEAN zonal finals.

Meanwhile, Global-Cebu closed out its dismal campaign on a winning note after a 3-1 victory over Indonesia’s Bali United at the Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium.

Spanish striker Rufo Sanchez produced two goals, including the opener which came two minutes after kickoff, while Paul Mulders also found the back of the net to help Global end the AFC Cup with eight points in Group G.