Ceres-Ne­gros on to fi­nals

Manila Bulletin - - Sports News - By JONAS TERRADO

Ceres-Ne­gros suf­fered a 3-2 loss to Yan­gon United in the sec­ond leg of their semi­fi­nal tie Wed­nes­day in Yan­gon but still ad­vanced to the ASEAN zonal fi­nals of the AFC Cup af­ter pre­vail­ing 6-5 on ag­gre­gate.

The Bus­men, who claimed a 4-2 win in last week’s first leg in Ba­colod City, nearly lost their lead as Span­ish striker Bi­en­venido Mara­non was booked a straight red in the 81st minute while al­low­ing Yan­gon to score twice.

But the de­fend­ing Philip­pines Football League cham­pion held on to the lead un­til the fi­nal whis­tle to ar­range a re­match with Sin­ga­pore’s Home United for the ASEAN crown of the con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion.

Ceres and Home United will meet in a two-legged fi­nal in late-July, with the Bus­men look­ing to re­peat last year’s dra­matic 3-2 vic­tory over the Sin­ga­porean side.

Home United reached the ASEAN zonal fi­nals af­ter beat­ing In­done­sia’s Per­sija Jakarta, 6-3, on ag­gre­gate.

Yan­gon gave Ceres a scare af­ter Kousuke Ya­mazaki Uchida scored af­ter the open­ing whis­tle, only to see mid­fielder Manny Ott can­cel out that opener.

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