BACOLOD CITY – Buoyed by a magical atmosphere at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Ceres Negros FC became the first Philippine team to make the AFC Cup Asean Zonal Finals after outlasting powerhouse Johor Darul Ta’zim, 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Fernando Rodriguez converted the winning penalty in the 94th minute after being taken down by Aidil Zafwan in the previous set piece to propel the Busmen to a showdown with Singapore’s Home United in the regional finals.
The goal tied the aggregate score at 4-4, allowing Ceres to move through to the finals by virtue of away goals after taking two at the Larkin Stadium two weeks ago.
To make matters worse, JDT goalkeeper Farzial Marlias went ballistic immediately after a penalty, throwing fits on the pitch as he was booed off the field by a rowdy Panaad crowd.
“I have all confidence to score. I was just thinking about my family the whole time,” said Rodriguez, who sent the ball down the middle, keeping Farzial off balance the whole time.
“Usually the goalkeeper chooses one side, I chose the middle and I scored,” he added.
The regional finals between Ceres and Home United will be played in August with the exact date yet to be determined.
After a tense start for both sides, things finally started to open up for the Busmen when Kevin Ingreso sent a lovely ball from the free-kick into defender Kota Kawase who scored a tap-in in the 26th minute.
The entry of Hazwan Bin Bakri in the second half changed the complexion for the Southern Tigers, with the attack-minded midfielder creating all sorts of problems for the Ceres backline.
His persistence then paid off when he located a leaking Gabriel Guerra in the 65th minute to score off a tight angle, tying the game at one apiece and giving control back to Johor.
The game slowed down in the ensuing minutes, with Ceres’ lone chance in that span being sent high off the bar as OJ Porteria missed his chance to give his team back ahead with the goalkeeper at his mercy.
Thankfully for Negros, there was one more room for drama in the match as Chinese referee Fu Ming gave the hosts a penalty, much to the delight of the crowd.
“It’s not easy to control emotions, especially if you need to win,” said Ceres head coach Risto Vidakovic. “We played a very good first half. In the second half we didn’t play so well. But I think after 180 minutes, I think we deserve it, to qualify to the finals.”
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“I promise you, you can expect a great atmosphere, and that we’ll give you an exciting game,” said Kaya FC–Makati head coach Noel Marcaida at today’s prematch press conference held at Qurino Stadium, in Ilocos Sur.
His side take on Ilocos United at 4:00pm, on Wednesday, marking the club’s first game outside of Metro Manila in the Philippines Football League.
After three matches, the Makati club sits with a 1-1-1 record, with their last match a loss to Global Cebu. The team was set to play JPV Marikina last Saturday, but that contest was postponed due to stadium unavailability.
“The postponement of the JPV game has allowed for more time to recover,” said Marcaida. “It also means, the players that were meant to be suspended, are all available for this game, which has increased the morale of the team.”
Meanwhile, Ilocos United holds a record of one draw and one loss, enough for sixth in the standings. Although Ilocos has only been together for a few months, Kaya club captain Aly Borromeo isn’t taking the new side lightly.
“Ilocos is a fairly new team,” he said. “But we’re not looking at them as a pushover team. It will be a good battle. It’s going to be a good game.”
“There’s no pressure upon us. We’re like the underdog every week,” said United head coach Ian Gillan. “Whereas Kaya will be looking to be among the top three. If they don’t become among the top three teams, their season will be a failure.”
The Philippine Men’s National Team is set to play Tajikistan in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers scheduled on 13 June 2017 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
The following 23 players are called up for the match against Tajikistan led by head coach Thomas Dooley:
Amani AGUINALDO (Global Cebu)
Fitch Johnson Daviz ARBOLEDA (Stallion Laguna)
Misagh BAHADORAN (Global Cebu)
Jeffrey CHRISTIAENS (Ceres Negros)
Kenshiro Michael DANIELS (Kaya FC-Makati)
Dominic Liam DEL ROSARIO (Ilocos United)
Patrick Phillip DEYTO (Global Cebu)
Kevin INGRESO (Ceres Negros)
Hikaru MINEGISHI (Global Cebu)
Jim Junior MUNOZ (Ceres Negros)
Nicholas O’DONNELL (Global Cebu)
Manuel OTT (Ceres Negros)
Iain RAMSAY (Ceres Negros)
Camelo TACUSALME (JPV Marikina)
Antonio Miguel UGARTE (Kaya FC-Makati)
Dennis VILLANUEVA (Global Cebu)
Nathanael Ace VILLANUEVA (Meralco Manila)
Luke WOODLAND (Ceres Negros)
James Joseph YOUNGHUSBAND (Meralco Manila)
Philip James YOUNGHUSBAND (Meralco Manila)
Mike Rigoberto OTT (Angthong United)
Javier PATIÑO (Henan Jianye)
Daisuke SATO (Iasi)
The same players will also feature in the international friendly match against China PR on 7 June 2017 at the Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre Stadium in Guangzhou, China.
GLOBAL Cebu FC now has to do things the hard way after failing to create an all-important cushion in Manila as it heads to Singapore for the second leg of the AFC Cup zonal semifinals against Home United on Tuesday at the Jalan Basar Stadium.
A last minute equalizer from Home’s Stipe Plazibat left the Philippine club frustrated as the Singaporeans now hold a slight edge with a 2-2 aggregate heading home — with the away goals a big factor in the fixture.
Making things even tougher for Global is the absence of defender and first leg goal scorer Amani Aguinaldo who was sent off in the 75th minute after incurring two yellow cards.
Good thing for them, Brazilian defender Wesley dos Santos will be back in action after serving a one-game suspension due to multiple yellows.
But it will still be one major adjustment for Global – and it’s up to head coach Marjo Allado to try and tweak things for his squad
"Amani is very important in the team but we have players to cover that position. Wesley (dos Santos) is coming back. We'll have to train with him and maybe even Dennis (Villanueva),” said Allado.
"We have to re-focus now heading into our second leg, we'll look at their two goals, especially the one on the set piece in injury time," he added.
Goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, who wore the captain’s armband in the first leg, knew that they shouldn’t have been in this position in the first place after playing so well for most parts of the match – only to falter when it matters the most.
For him, the two goals should have definitely been avoided, and the scoreline shouldn’t have been just two goals.
"It was too easy (for Home United). The goals we conceded were mental lapses, we cannot afford to make these mistakes, especially against a quality team like Home United,” said Deyto who beat himself for playing Home United’s first goal.
"We dominated yes but we didn't take our chances. That's the consequences if you don't take your chances. We have to play better for the second leg. We still have a chance, we just have to win over there,” he added.
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Stephan Schröck signed with Ceres-Negros FC last month to strengthen what has been deemed the most talented football roster in the Philippines today. The versatile footballer returned Saturday in Bacolod brimming with excitement with the games ahead.
“Very excited to be back,” said Schröck . “(Its been a) long seven months without the Philippines, without Ceres, without Bacolod, and happy that its less than a week for me for my first game,” added the Bundesliga veteran.
The Filipino international returns to Ceres on a free transfer, after being loaned-out to the Bacolod squad for the whole of 2016. It took a while before his return after his contract was mutually terminated by him and the club. “There were a lot of things I had to through the last six seven months. I was still under contract in Germany but in the end we figured it out,” said the many-time national team player.
His arrival just came in time with Ceres’ preparation for the second-leg semifinal with Johor Darul Ta’zim and the club’s home debut in the Philippines Football league. Being ineligible at this stage of the AFC Cup, Schröck hopes for a good result in the return leg and maybe a chance on the roster come Saturday. “I wish that the team does good against JDT for the second leg and I’m confident that they will go through. I will play my first game with Global. I hope I will be on the list or on the bench. Looking forward to it and I’m just excited.”
Schröck has been intently following the team in the continental stage and has been greatly impressed on what they have achieved. “There were many difficult games for the team to go through”, said the Ceres midfielder. “The coaching staff and management have formed a very strong squad in the last few months. That’s why the team did so well the last games even with the loss in Malaysia. They can be very proud of this result and have a good opportunity to go through the final on Wednesday.”
The former SpVgg Greuther Fürth player still believes that the team has yet to reach its ceiling this season. “Overall everybody can be happy with the stage right now but still, here and there, we can do better and I will bring in my part for that,” said Schröck. ” I stayed ready the whole seven months so I will try to help with everything I have in every situation on and off the pitch. That my personality, how I was born and raised. There will be a good boost for the team as soon as I join,” he added.
Ceres will play JDT on Wednesday night but will also have their PFL home debut against Global FC on Saturday and Schröck is looking forward to the match. “Global is a very good team. They won the championship last season so there’s a big rivalry between the two clubs. But still there’s respect for each other. We’re looking forward to it (the match), to get the three points. We want to get the championship this season and be the first champion in the new league.”
Aside from the matches, the Ceres dynamo is also eager to play in front of the passionate supporters this coming season. “I’m one of the lucky players who gets the experience and the support of these kind of fans. They’re so excited and so supportive towards the team. Myself and the whole team are very thankful for this chance to play for the supporters. We hope that for every single home game we have, we can perform a hundred percent in a good, full, sold-out stadium.”
With one training session done and many more to go this week, it’s only a matter of time till we see Schröcky back in the Yellow and Black.
The match between JPV Markina and Kaya FC–Makati has been officially postponed, with details on the new date and time yet to be confirmed. The match, initially scheduled for Saturday afternoon, was set to be the Makati club’s fourth outing in the Philippines Football League.
“Tomorrow’s game would have been a third game in a week, so the postponement gives us more time to recover going into our next match,” said head coach Noel Marcaida at today’s prematch press conference.
“We would love the chance to bounce back from our last result, but like coach said, it gives us a bit more time to recover and prepare for the next game,” echoed Kenshiro Daniels.
With the postponement, Kaya FC–Makati’s next match will be on Wednesday, May 31, when they take on Ilocos United at the Quirino Stadium in Ilocos Sur.
GLOBAL Cebu FC got the job done this time, coming away with all three points in the Philippines Football League (PFL) following a 3-1 win over the 10-men Kaya FC Makati on Wednesday at the Rizal Stadium.
Powered by a Sekou Sylla brace, Global improved to seven points after three games to stay within striking distance of leader FC Meralco Manila which sits atop the table with nine points.
"Both teams played well but we took advantage of the first two goals in the second half," said Global head coach Marjo Allado.
After dropping points in Binan just a few days ago, the Cebu side looked much sharper and it became more evident when Dennis Villanueva scored with a header just five minutes into the match.
Sylla then got his first goal in the 18th minute after converting another header to double Global's lead.
Kaya showed some life in the second half with quick counters and impressive movement, and they were rewarded 10 minutes after the interval when Eric Giganto's screamer touched Wesley dos Santos' arms inside the box inadvertently, resulting in a penalty for Kaya.
Robert Lopez Mendy calmly took the penalty to pull one back for the Makati side and pump some life into its attack.
Fortunately for Global, none of Kaya's chances were ever converted, with Jalsor Soriano's red card at the 79th minute dampening Kaya's hopes for a comeback.
Sylla then wrapped things up for Global with a splendid goal off a counter in the 90th minute.
"Everything changed when Kaya had the penalty, they had many chances, so we were lucky in the second half actually," Allado added.
The loss was Kaya's first in the tournament after getting four points in its first two matches.
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The Philippine Men’s National Team is scheduled to face the national team of China PR on 7 June 2017.
PFF general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes announced last 22 May the details of the friendly which will be played in Guangzhou, China. The friendly will be the first meeting between the Philippines and China PR since the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in the year 2000. China PR won that match 8-0.
“We will have an international friendly between China PR and Philippines on 7 June,” said Gastanes. “We will now talk to the PFL clubs to explore the possibility of release of players for national team duties earlier than 5 June 2017.”
The match will serve as build up for the Philippines’ AFC Asian Cup Jordan 2019 Qualifiers match against Tajikistan which will be held on 13 June 2017 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
The Philippines’ current rank is at 127th while China PR is at 81st.
The list of players called up for the forthcoming matches will be announced shortly.
by Adam B. Morrell FOOTBALL Invitational Tournament organized by Mindanao Peace Games (MPG) kicked off Monday, May 22, at the Ateneo de Davao University football field in Matina, Davao City. Celebrity football player James Younghusband, team captain of the football club Meralco Manila (formerly Meralco Sparks), and coach Aries Caslib will grace the opening ceremony. The MPG, program originally designed for girl athletes, now includes male participants born in 2002. The 7-A-Side format event is backed by One Meralco Foundation and Mizuno. Six teams representing each of the six regions of Mindanao will be competing in a series of nine aside games from May 22 to 26 at the Matina Campus of the Ateneo. These teams are Ateneo de Zamboanga (Zamboanga Peninsula), Iligan Medical Center College (Northern Mindano), Ateneo de Davao (Davao region), Surallah FC (Soccsksargen), Fr. Saturnino Urios University (Caraga) and Maguindanao United FC (Armm). Storytelling sessions such as leadership skill development, advocating through sports, values formation, among others will also take place in the five-day tournament. “The goal of the Mindanao Peace Games is to encourage holistic development in our young athletes so they mature not only as good football players but also as responsible, disciplined and peace-loving Filipinos,” said Noli Ayo, Ateneo’s university athletics director and convener of the Games. On the first day of the event, Younghusband will share his inspiration for pursuing a career in football. He will also entertain questions from the participating young athletes in a question and answer session. Caslib, meanwhile, will also briefly talk about his experience being at the helm of a national football league team and share some best practices with the coaches of the competing teams. The best striker, best midfielder, best defender and best goalkeeper of the tournament will be awarded by spikes courtesy of Mizuno. (With PR)
By Kevin Estrada MAKATI -- Kaya FC Makati nabbed their first win of the PFL season after grounding the Davao Aguilas in a heated and physical encounter earlier this evening at UMak. It took a first-half assault for Noel Marcaida's men to take all three points to send the league's newcomers near the bottom of the pile as Jordan Mintah and Adam Reed conspired for a 2-0 win that shoved them up to second in the table for the moment, two points behind Meralco Manila who earlier beat JPV Marikina in Laguna. Mintah drew first blood by scoring in the 16th minute and was responsible for the foul that led to the league's first ever dismissal on Davao skipper Jason Cordova in the 41st minute, in which Reed subsequently tucked in the spot kick a minute after that. Reed himself was tossed for the harsh challenge in the 52nd minute, but it will not matter to them as the two-goal cushion was preserved despite their missed chances at full time. http://www.dugout.ph/2017/05/kaya-ground-davao-for-first-pfl-win.html
VIENTIANE (20 May 2017) – They tried as hard as they could but in the end, the Philippines were just overpowered by a slick Thailand side as the latter romped to a fabulous 6-2 win in the final to lift the first ever AFF Under-15 Girls’ Championship 2017 here at the KM16 National Stadium.
In the highly anticipated tie between two of the most exciting teams in the competition this year, the game was fairly even at the start as both team took turn to push forward.
But pretty soon, the more experienced Thai side would found the chink in the Philippines armour and they took advantage of it to full effect in the 12th minute when the nimble Ploychompoo Sommonk ran past defender Alessandra Viallon down the left for a shot past keeper Jessica Pido.
However, it did not take too long for the Philippines to get back into the game and in the 17th minute, they drew level when lanky midfielder Myrla Garcia fired in one her trademark long range effort from some 20metres to beat Thai custodian Ponpimon Ngoenphon.
Two quick goals from Ploychompoo (22nd minute) and Trinity Parascandola (30th) – both from the left of the Philippines backline – exposed how fragile Philippines were and it took the team just two minutes to replace Alessandra, who were limping out.
With the score at 3-1 to Thailand’s advantage at the end of the 40 minutes first half, the Philippines came out more determined in the second as they took them just two minutes to pull a goal back through Viviana Cera.
That goal seemed to have revived the Philippines into further action as they attacked from both flanks with the hardworking Alexander Yap on double time in search of the equaliser.
But a 59th minute corner from Ploychompoo saw a fine header from Pattarana Aupachai to give the Thais a 4-2 advantage and rattled the Philippines offensive play.
As the Philippines struggled to get a grip on things, an own goal from Philippines defender Keanne Dedel just two minutes later, put Thailand in firm control.
They then made sure of the title this year with when substitute Janista Jinantuya knocking in the sixth goals right at the end.
BY KENNETH TAN Philippines Football League (PFL) outfits Ceres-Negros and Global FC have received a boost in their AFC Cup campaigns with the news that their Singapore Cup preliminary round fixtures have been pushed back until late June.
Thursday's announcement from Football Association of Singapore (FAS), who changed the original dates from the May 8 draw, will give both clubs more time to focus on the AFC Cup, where they are fighting to reach the ASEAN zonal final.
Ceres will attempt to overturn a 3-2 first leg deficit against Malaysian champions Johor Daryl Ta'zim (JDT) in a home tie on May 31, while Global are looking to pick up a victory in Singapore against Home United a day earlier after a 2-2 first leg draw.
Ceres will embark on their Singapore Cup journey against Hougang United at Hougang Stadium on June 20, three days after their PFL fixture against JP Voltes.
As for Global, they will play Geylang International at Clementi Stadium on June 21 -- three days after a league game against Ilocos United.http://www.espnfc.com/blog/football-asia/153/post/3128774/ceres-global-get-afc-cup-boost-with-singapore-cup-dates-change
VIENTIANE (18 May 2017) – A screamer from lanky midfielder Myria Garcia four minutes to the end put the Philippines in the final of the AFF Under-15 Girls’ Championship 2017 when they edged a determined Myanmar side 3-2 in the second semi-final tie that was played this evening at the KM16 National Stadium.
The game was always going to be close between the Philippines and Myanmar with the former having shown their consistency in the group stage while for the latter; their fighting spirit paved their way to the final four.
“It was a very hard game and my credit to the Myanmar girls for the effort they put in today. But we were confident as we had beaten them last year (at the AFC U14 meet),” said Philippines head coach Mariella Benitez.
Making little changes to the side that had played in the last game, the Philippines were the early aggressor with Maria Lazo, Garcia and captain Gabriella Collatos pulling the string.
But Myanmar were not taking things lying down with striker Su Pyae Pyae Kyaw and also Myat Noe Khin working in tandem to terrorise the Philippines backline.
A double chance in the 14th and 19th minute went a begging as the Philippines then replied through Aleander Yap but whose twice attempt was blocked by Myanmar keeper Htet Eindra Lin.
But with just two minutes remaining of the first half, the Philippines finally found the back of the net when Garcia stabbed home the cross from Yap.
The score at the end of the first half was 1-0 to the Philippines.
Myanmar came barging into the second half and just seven minutes in, a cross from Noe Khin was slammed into goal by Pyae Kyaw.
Five minutes later in the 52nd minute, Myanmar went ahead for the first time in the game where off a poor clearance from Philippines defender Alessandra Villalon, the always running Pyae Kyaw ran the ball in to beat keeper Rizamee Ugbanial for only the second time in the competition.
But the Philippines girls showed plenty of guts as they regrouped and started to pressure Myanmar and in the 57th minute, they found the equaliser through Viviane Cera, who blasted the ball in after the Myanmar defenders failed to clear the cross.
And with four minutes remaining, Garcia unleashed a superb screamer from 20metres out for the winner.
With the win, the Philippine will now take on Thailand in the final of the championship in two days.
SEMI-FINALS – 18 May 2017
Thailand 6 Cambodia 0
Philippines 3 Myanmar 2
20 May 2017
(Third & Fourth Placing) 1600: Cambodia vs Myanmar
JOHOR Darul Ta'zim defended its home turf in the face of a resolute Ceres Negros FC attack, holding on for a 3-2 win in the first leg of the AFC Cup zonal semifinals on Wednesday night in Johor.
Hazwan Bakri scored the match winner for the home team in the 64th minute of a game blessed with a flurry of amazing goals from both ends of the pitch.
Hazwan picked the ball up from the top right corner of the pitch, turned, and then fired a screamer that was slightly deflected by Roland Muller but went into the net anyway.
The Busmen had one more chance late to go level, but the Southern Tigers managed to hold on thanks to some big defensive plays by Marcos Antonio.
"The third goal was very unlucky but we still have a game to go," said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, looking forward to hosting the return leg in Bacolod.
"We had a lot of chances today but they played really well, too. It's not easy. We don't have much experience in this. We'll see what we can do in Bacolod and it will not be easy for them also," he added.
Gonzalo Cabrera opened the scoring for the hosts with a fine solo strike in the 18th minute but Fernando Rodrigues quickly took that back for the Busmen with an amazing diving header in the 21st minute.
The visitors then went ahead courtesy of Bienve Maranon with his own sublime solo goal off the counter as he rammed the ball into the top corner past Farizal.
Just when the tide started to turn for the Negros side, Safiq Rahim scored the equalizer with his own header, with a minute left in the first half.
Though Ceres wasn't victorious, the Busmen will be coming back to Panaad on May 30 with two away goals. That means if Ceres wins with a 1-0 or a 2-1 result in Bacolod, then they go through to the finals.
Other than those results, the Busmen need to win by two goals to advance.
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Ceres winger Iain Ramsay is confident of his teams chances their first Zonal semifinal match against Johor Darul Ta’zim. His belief stems from how Ceres-Negros survived the virtual group of death in the AFC Cup and getting results from teams like Hanoi FC. The Philippines international shares his thoughts on the forthcoming match.
“I think we should be extremely proud of ourselves to finish the top of our group,” said the A-League veteran. “We had very strong and competitive teams against us and to finish top, and to play the way we did, we should be extremely proud. We’ve got JDT ahead of us now and were looking forward to that. It’s a new goal for us now, to beat them over two legs, and I think finishing top of our group gives us plenty of confidence.”
But Ramsay and the team are well aware of the challenge ahead. JDT are no pushovers especially in their home stadium. The Azkals winger treats the home team with the same respect as he did to all previous opponents. “We won’t take them lightly. We haven’t done that to any team in this competition thus far. As i said, the confidence of the squad now especially getting out of this group, is very high. Were looking forward for the game against a strong opposition with the crowd behind them. I feel confident that we can get a result.”
The home crowd will be a factor in this match with at least half of the 30,000 capacity expected to support the Johorean team. Ramsay relishes the chance of playing in front of a hostile crowd. “What footballer doesnt want to play in front of a packed crowd? I mean, rest assured well go out there and well give them decent competition. We’re confident that we can get a result and quite doing that were going back to Bacolod with a point or three points behind us and I hope that our home crowd in Bacolod will make the difference and give us the win.”
The first leg is set on May 17 in Johor with the return leg on May 31 in Bacolod. The kickoff for the first semifinal is slated at 845PM with live coverage on Fox Sports.
MANILA -- S-League's Home United had snatched a vital draw away at ten-man Global Cebu in the most dramatic fashion, eking out a 2-2 draw in their first leg of the AFC Cup ASEAN Zone Semifinal tonight at the Rizal Memorial.
The visiting Protectors came back from a goal down twice over the short-handed hosts and will have two away goals to bring back to the Lion City two weeks from now, as both sides scored on each half to split the pot heading into the return leg.
Global Cebu will have to rue their missed chances, as well as shortage in manpower in the next leg, with Marjo Allado will have to ponder his defensive formation in Jalan Besar after Amani Aguinaldo has been tossed to the showers in the second half, as he already started the semifinal one centre-back short after Wesley Dos Santos has been suspended on cards.
In what has been an equal battle between two group winners, it was the home side who struck first just fifteen minutes in, when Darryl Roberts converted on a Hikaru Minegishi pass to chip it to the back of Hassan Sunny's net for his fourth goal of the tournament.
However Adam Swandi equalized 18 minutes later, tapping the ball into the empty net after Faris Ramli wiggled away from Jerry Barbaso to put the half on even footing at a goal apiece.
But Aguinaldo regained the lead for the Queen City outfit seven minutes after the restart, beating everyone from a Kemy Agustien corner with a shot to the roof.
Stipe Plazibat's introduction right after the goal changed the game in favor of the away side, as he was at hand with two plays that tilted the tie in their balance.
The Croatian duly draw Aguinaldo's second bookable offence in the 76th minute when he was harshly tackled to the right leg after beating the centre-back on the turn.
With four added minutes after the 90th minute, more drama ensued as Sunny showed his form that frustrated the Azkals in the Suzuki Cup last November, denying Minegishi and late substitute Misagh Bahadoran with timely shot-stopping, the first of them even hit the crossbar.
And in the final play of the game, Plazibat made the man advantage count by rising from a header from a Song Ui-Yong corner that made the score interesting as it goes to Singapore for the second leg.