Filipino football club Ceres Negros seized a slot in the next round of the 2020 AFC Champions League qualifying stage after beating Myanmar’s Shan United, 3-2, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
The Asian Football Confederation decided to go through with the game even with ash from Taal Volcano reaching Metro Manila.
Ceres enjoyed a two-point lead at the end of the first half after Robert Lopez Mendy and Bienvenido Maranon scored goals in the fifth minute and the 40th minute respectively.
Shan United cut the gap down to 2-1 after Zin Min Tun scored a goal in the 73rd minute.
Six minutes later, the Filipinos brought their lead back to two, 3-1, with OJ Porteria scoring the goal from a pass by Mike Ott.
A melee in front of Ceres’ goal gave an opportunity for Djedje Maximin Djawa to get the ball pass goalkeeper Roland Muller and score another goal for the visitors.
The home squad took home the victory after surviving further attempts from the Myanmar League champions to tie the score.
Ceres needs to win two more games against Thailand’s Port Football Club and Japan’s FC Tokyo in order to advance to the group stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League main tournament.
The Philippine team will face Port, which includes former Ceres player Martin Steuble, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the PAT Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.