Ceres-La Salle makes history, advances in 2016 AFC Cup

Santino Honasan on Apr 27, 2016 01:16 AM
Ceres-La Salle makes history, advances in 2016 AFC Cup
Bacolod-based Ceres-La Salle FC makes history by being the first Filipino squad to advance into the AFC Cup knockout stages

Bacolod-based Ceres-La Salle FC made Filipino football history, Tuesday evening after being the first Pinoy club to advance to the AFC Knockout Stage following their scoreless draw against Malaysia’s FA Selangor at the Selayang Stadium.

The home team had a couple of chances to go ahead in the first half, but none landed for the Malaysian side. The Pinoy visitors had no such luck either, and the match went into the midgame break without a conversion from both sides.

A more dominant Ceres-La Salle pushed the action in the second half but still, no goal for the Pinoys.

Late in the second half, the home side appeared to go ahead, courtesy of a Mohd Azrif attempt, but fortunately for the Pinoys, the goal was nullified as Azrif was ruled as offside.

After ninety minutes, the scoreless stalemate stood, and the draw was finalized.

While managing only a scoreless draw, the point was enough to secure the Bacolod-based squad a seat in the AFC Cup Round of 16, being the first Pinoy side to do so.

Another factor in helping Ceres-La Salle advance was the loss of Singaporean side Tampines Rovers to the unlikely Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi of Bangladesh. A win from the Singaporean side would have pushed them to the top of the standings.

At two wins, three draws, and nine tournament points, Round of 16-bound Ceres-La Salle remains at the top of Group E. A win over Sheikh Jamal on May 10th at home will help them finish at the top of the group. 

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