Global Cebu, Ceres Negros battle to draws in 2018 AFC Cup action
Santino Honasan on Feb 27, 2018 10:14 PM
Global Cebu FC team captain and goalkeeper Patrick Deyto came up with a crucial save late in the match against Bali United, Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium
Filipino football club Global Cebu FC scored early, but conceded a goal late as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Indonesia’s Bali United, Tuesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in 2018 AFC Cup Group G action.
It was the visiting Bali United side that got their attempts off first, with attempts from Kevin Brands and Irfan Bachdim sailing above the crossbar.
Global got on the board in the eleventh minute, as Curt Dizon connected on a header after Bali United keeper Wanwan fumbled on a save attempt.
Bali United came close to pulling even, but keepr Patrick Deyto came up with defensive gem, saving Byungkeon’s attempt in the 15th minute.
Late in the second half, Rufo Sanchez almost gave the Cebu-based club a two-goal advantage, but the officials ruled his attempt offside.
Bali United would pull even eight minutes later, courtesy of a header from Ilija Spasojevic off a header from skipper Fadil.
Spasojevic had a golden opportunity to give Bali United the maximum three points after Global Cebu gave up a foul in the penalty box.
Once again, Deyto came up with a game-saving defensive play as he secured Spaso’s penalty attempt at the 79th minute.
After 90 minutes, the score would stand at 1-1, with Global and Bali United splitting points.
“We deserved to win this game, but they just so happened to score also.” Team Captain Deyto said following the match. “We have to give credit to Bali, they kept coming at us even if we were leading, 1-0. We have to be better prepared, now we really have to win the next few games. We’ll just get as many points as we can in the next games, and hopefully, it will be enough for us to go to the next round.”
Global Cebu moves to a draw and a loss for one point, good for third in Group G. Bali United sits at the bottom, also with a draw and a loss for one point.
Up next for Global Cebu will be a matchup with group-leading Yangon United at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
Over in Singapore, Ceres Negros FC came back to draw Home United, 1-1, at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
The home team scored first, courtesy of a Shahril Ishak penalty in the 23rd.
Manuel Herrera “Super” Lopez provided the equalizer for Ceres Negros in the 79th minute to keep the Bacolod-based club unbeaten.
Ceres Negros moves to a win and a draw for four points in Group F.
Up next for Ceres is a matchup with Shan United at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.