Hosts, and Philippine domestic league champions, Ceres-Negros FC went down 2-1 against Yangon United as their participation in the AFC Champions League – the continent’s highest level of club competition – came to an abrupt end in the preliminary stage at the Panaad Stadium last February 5, 2019.
Despite The Busmen dominating possession in the early proceedings, it was the Burmese club which gained the upper hand after attacking midfielder Vinicius Miller converted a chance from a set piece in the 27th minute.
The breakthrough jolted the home side as Ceres head coach Risto Vidakovic’s men went pushing for an equalizer.
Eventually, the busmen’s efforts were rewarded as midfield talisman Stephan Schrock was able to bundle the ball into the back of the net in the 44th minute after a well-worked attacking play to level things off as halftime arrived.
But in the second half, exactly two minutes before the hour mark, Yangon United once again saw themselves in the driver’s seat as forward Kaung Htet Soe converted a chance with the Ceres defense beaten.
OJ Porteria could have notched in an equalizer for the hosts around the 70th minute but his venomous effort inside the area just grazed the bar before flying over it as opposing keeper Kyaw Zin Htet was seemingly unable to react if only the attempt went on target.
Bienvenido Maranon’s introduction in the 74th minute may have been too little too late as the damage has been done already by the opposing side as The Lions proceed to the next stage of the qualification series while Ceres-Negros see themselves competing in the AFC Cup instead.
In the other simultaneous preliminary fixture, Beto Goncalves and Marko Simic added to a Ho Wai Loon own goal as Persija Jakarta got a 3-1 win against hosts Home United in Singapore’s Jalan Besar Stadium. South Korean Song Ui-young scored the lone goal for The Protectors.
Photo credits: Ceres-Negros FC