AFC Cup: Ceres stuns Persija with big fightback


first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Unfazed by the 35,000-strong crowd inside one of Asia’s most iconic stadiums, the Busmen walked away with another victory that kept their perfect record after four matches in Group G.The Busmen looked well-placed to top the group as they have opened up a five-point gap ahead of Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam with two matches remaining. Another point in their next game against Shan United of Myanmar on May 1 could be enough to seal their place in the zonal semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oh, yes! Nurse, Raptors look to finish series with Magic Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid But more than the victory, it was their relentless, never-say-die performance in 25 breathless minutes that once again reinforced their credentials as a favorite to repeat their Asean zonal title win two years ago.There was plenty of drama surrounding the match at the Indonesian capital hours before kickoff with Persija unable to get clearance from police to allow spectators into the stadium.The country’s police force remains on high alert as the counting in the national elections in Southeast Asia’s most populous country have yet to be concluded.Surprisingly, an hour before kickoff, that decision was reversed and Persija fans slowly filled up the lower tier of the 80,000-capacity stadium.By the end of the match, 35,000 of Persija supporters were left stunned by the result that also dimmed their chances of making the knockout stage of the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller was called into action early as he denied Brazilian striker Bruno Matos from the spot in the 21st minute after a foul by Super Herrera.But after ending the first half on the ascendancy, the Busmen’s sluggish start in the second half allowed the home side to take a two goal lead.Sandi Sute headed home an Ismed Sofyan free kick in the 49th minute, before Matos doubled the advantage eight minutes later with a clinical finish inside the area.But just when it seemed like the Busmen were running out of ideas, coach Risto Vidakovic sent Tanton and Maher Karic on for OJ Porteria and Kevin Ingreso, which quickly changed the game for Ceres.Tanton started the comeback after his free kick from distance sailed past a sea of players and past Andritany Adhiyasa in the 70th minute. Struggling with a minor injury, Schrock willed the Busmen back as his cross from the left was glanced home by Maranon inside the area with five minutes left to make it 2-2.But as Persija faded, Ceres grew in strength. Herrera’s close range effort was saved by Andritany, but moments later, Ott was not going to be denied the winner with Schrock providing the assist.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ceres-Negros vs Persija Jakarta in AFC Cup. Photo from AFC Cup TwitterJAKARTA – Ceres-Negros rallied from two goals down in the second half to stun Persija Jakarta, 3-2, in one of the most astonishing comebacks in AFC Cup history last Tuesday night at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium here.Filipino international Mike Ott met Stephan Schrock’s teasing ball inside the six-yard box in the 92nd minute to complete the turnaround, after goals from Bienve Maranon and Miguel Tanton put the Busmen back on even terms.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ FULL-TIME | Persija Jakarta (IDN) 2-3 Ceres Negros FC (PHI)@Persija_Jkt came close to an important home victory but @CeresNegrosFC maintained their win streak after rallying back from 2 goals down!💪 💪 💪 #PSJvCER #AFCCup2019— AFC Cup (@AFCCup) April 23, 2019 View commentslast_img

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