Ceres Negros FC bows out of AFC Champions League race after loss to Tianjin
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 30, 2018 05:36 PM
It was the end of the line for Filipino club Ceres Negros FC after they fell to Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, 2-0 in Tianjin, China to bow out of the 2018 AFC Champions League tournament.
French striker Anthony Modeste proved to be the thorn on Ceres Negros’ side, scoring both goals for the home side.
Modeste’s first strike came in at the 19th minute, scoring off a header from a well-timed corner kick.
The second came at the 57th minute when he breezed through the Ceres defenses before beating keeper Toni Doblas once more for the 2-0 advantage.
The visiting Pinoy side looked to rally back, but couldn’t find the same magic that brought them to the playoff round of the AFC Champions League. As a result, Tianjin Quanjian books their spot in the group stages of the tournament.
It was a spirited run for the inaugural PFL champions, who looked to make Philippine football history by becoming the first club to qualify for the AFC Champions League.
Ceres Negros opened their campaign by defeating Myanmar’s Shan United 4-3 on Penalties in Yangon in the first preliminary round before heading over to Australia and upsetting Brisbane Roar 3-2 in the second preliminary round.