Ceres still needs to fine-tune defense
BACOLOD CITY—As ruthless as it was on attack, Ceres Negros knows the work on the defensive end has to improve if it wants to retain the AFC Cup Asean zone crown.
The Busmen produced an attacking masterclass in a thrilling 4-2 win over Yangon United Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium, moving closer to another Asean zone finals appearance.
Spanish striker Bienve Maranon bagged a first half brace while Patrick Reichelt and Super Herrera were also on the scoresheet as Ceres seized control of the two legged semifinal tie.
“It was a good performance and we’re happy to take this lead, but conceding two goals was a bummer,” said Reichelt, one of the longest tenured players in the side. “I guess we just have to work harder next week.”
Sekou Sylla exposed the Busmen’s defensive frailties with a couple of shots that gave Yangon a glimmer of hope heading into the second leg on Wednesday at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.
The two away goals will come in handy especially if Yangon wins by either a 2-0 or 3-1 scorelines.
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