Bacolod City: Ceres Negros of the Philippines blew Group G of the 2017 AFC Cup wide open with a stunning 6-2 victory over Hanoi FC on Wednesday to move them level with the Vietnamese side on eight points at the top of the table.
Ceres shot into an early lead at Panaad Park and Football Stadium when Bienvenido Maranon opened the scoring after 13 minutes, before Kevin Ingreso doubled the lead eight minutes later. Hanoi struck back, though, as Pham Thanh Luong ensured they went into half-time with a one-goal deficit.
Ceres quickly pulled three goals clear shortly after the interval thanks to two strikes from forward Fernando, between which Hanoi substitute Hoang Vu Samson was also shown a straight red card.
A late Do Hung Dung penalty threatened to make the game a contest once more, but Jason de Jong and Maranon again added goals in the final three minutes to give Ceres a comprehensive victory.
Ceres will now advance to the last 16 as Group G winners if they win their final game against Tampines Rovers of Singapore on Matchday Six, while Hanoi must defeat Malaysia's Felda United and hope Ceres fail to defeat the Singaporeans.