IT took 120 minutes for the Ceres Negros FC to overcome the tough and hard fighting Myanmar National League champions Shan United, 1-1 (4-3 on penalty) late Tuesday for the AFC Champions League Qualifiers at the Taunggyi Stadium.
The win gave Ceres FC the ticket to Australia to face Brisbane Roar on January 23 for the AFC Champions League Preliminary Stage 2 clash at QSAC Stadium.
But, the road for the next round wasn’t easy for the Filipino club with only 3 training sessions and without any official game.
Stephan Schrock felt proud of his team’s achievement by winning the match against Shan despite the long flight travel to Myanmar. “The Myanmar team has already been in 2 ½ months of training and have 2 formal games already. We are happy and proud to advance to the next round,” the Fil-German midfielder said after the match.
Recently-signed Mike Ott also shared the same happiness and fulfilment after the hard-earned victory.
Carli de Murga, who was assigned to captain the team, stressed that they have lots of works to do. “We will return to Bacolod to prepare for our next match,” he said.
Both sides played great football in the first 90 minutes of play but, the time wasn’t enough to seal the win thus, went to extra time.
In the 92nd minute Manny Ott got a chance to break the first goal but his shot went over the crossbar.
But, Schrock curled the ball from outside the box in the 94th minute that slightly hit Shan United’s defender William Nyakwe and changed the direction of the ball before it went in.
However, the celebration was short-lived for Ceres Negros as Shan’s forward Patrick Asare got a perfect angle at the edge of the box to beat Toni Doblas for the equalizer in the 99th minute.
Schrock got another chance to pull another goal but his 20-yard free kick went straight to Shan’s keeper Thina Si Thu.
Ceres FC has some big goal opportunities in the latter minutes but attempts from Schrock, Manny Ott and OJ Porteria went off targets.
After both clubs ended to 1-all even at the end of extra time, the game went to penalty shootout. However, Shan’s Chizoba Iyikwobe and Nyakwe failed to convert their respective attempts while Ceres FC were perfect with De Murga, Schrock, Mike Ott and Bienvenido Marañon.*