Schrock scores as Ceres Negros inches closer to AFC Champions League berth

Santino Honasan on Jan 21, 2020 10:24 PM
Schrock scores as Ceres inches closer to AFC CL berth
Stephan Schrock (12) scores in the second half to lead Ceres Negros FC to a 1-0 win over Port FC in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo courtesy of Ceres Negros FC)

Filipino football club Ceres Negros FC moves one step closer to a spot in the 2020 AFC Champions League after posting a 1-0 victory over Thailand's Port FC in their Preliminary Round 2 matchup, Tuesday evening at the PAT Stadium in Bangkok. 

Filipino-German midfielder Stephan Schrock's 51st minute goal off a corner was the difference-maker, as the visiting Pinoy side grabbed control of the match early in the second half and never looked back. 

This result comes a week after the Pinoys survived a thrilling 3-2 victory over Myanmar's Shan United in the first round or preliminary action in Manila. 

With the win, The Busmen advance to the Playoff Round against Japan's FC Tokyo. The two sides meet at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on January 28th. Kickoff time will be at 

The winner of that match secures a spot in Group F of the 2020 AFC Champions League Group Stage, alongside South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai, China's Shanghai Shenhua, and Australia's Perth Glory. A win for Ceres Negros will prove to be historic, as it would make them the first Filipino club to ever participate in the AFC Champions League. 


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