Pinoy club Ceres FC draws Malaysia's FA Selangor in 2016 AFC Cup opener
Santino Honasan on Feb 23, 2016 11:25 PM
Ceres-La Salle held Malaysia's FA Selangor to valuable 2-2 draw, Tuesday evening at Panaad.
Stephan Schrock scored early, while Adrian Gallardo found the back of the net late in regulation to help Ceres-La Salle FC hold visiting FA Selangor to a 2-2 draw in their first 2016 AFC Cup Knockout Stage match, Tuesday evening at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
Having signed with Ceres just early this year, the Fil-German Schrock has already made quite the impact, and continued to do so on the international stage, as he introduced himself to the AFC cup with a an 18th minute conversion, blasting it past Selangor keeper Norazlan Bin Razali from just outside the penalty box.
The Ceres advantage wouldn’t last long however, as Mauro Olivi pressured Ceres keeper Mike Casas, resulting in an unfortunate error and an equalizer for Selangor in the 34th minute.
The Malaysian side would gain the upper hand in the 60th minute, courtesy of a Hafiz Kamal conversion via an on-target free kick that blitzed by Casas, putting pressure on the home side.
With around three minutes left in regulation and seemingly three minutes from opening their AFC Cup campaign with an L, Gallardo pulled out a miraculous equalizer from a Schrock assist to pull even, much to the delight of the partisan Negrense crowd.
With four minutes of stoppage time added, both clubs tried to find the tiebreaking goal, but neither could produce, as the final tally read 2-2.
“We managed to come back, and I think for me, the boys showed the heart, to prove to us that we can level up to the best clubs in Asia. “ Ceres coach Franklin Muescan told the media following the match. “The boys gave it a hundred percent, they never gave up. For us, this is a good start.”
Ceres and Selangor both earn a point each, and sit behind Singapore’s Tampines Rovers, who dismantled Bangladesh’s Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi, 4-0.
Up next for the Pinoy club is a meeting with Sheik Jamal Dhanmondi at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh.