Ceres fails to draw; Turkmenistan advances-A A +A
Monday, May 12, 2014
CERES-LA SALLE FC of the Philippines drew first blood on Carli de Murga's 20th minute goal and the fans were ecstatic on Saturday at Panaad Stadium.
Another goal will put the host in a good position and will be the first Philippine team to advance to the next stage of the AFC President's Cup.
But not quite.
Golden boot candidate Suleyman Muhadov of Turkmenistan pulled a header off a corner kick in 45'+2 minute to silence the crowd.
At 1-all in the first half, the action that followed went more intense with lots of tackles and bodies were fetched by medics off the pitch.
With time winding down and only referee Yousef Almarzouq of Kuwait having knowledge of the clock, Muhadov (again) flicked the winning goal in 45'+5 minute after a corner kick.
Keeper Michael Casas and Ceres defense tried to deflect the ball but failed, giving Muhadov his fifth goal in the Group B qualifier.
Ceres team manager Ali Go, in the post-match interview, said the referee was helping HTTU and he can say straight to the face of Coach Meredov Rowsen that they did not deserve to win.
The loss was more devastating and painful as Ceres was leading by a point and only need a draw to advance.
Rimyongsu Club of North Korea joined TKM to the next stage with a merciless 5-0 domination of Tatung Company of Taipei.
Turkmenistan (with 2 wins 1 draw) has 7 points, PRK accumulated five (1 win 2 draws), Philippines collected four (2 draws 1 loss), and Taipei, zero.
“It was a painful thing for us,” said Go. “But, this is football. Anything can happen. We prayed for the win but, the Lord might have some other plans for us.”
“We have told the boys [Ceres FC players] that they played well and have nothing to be ashamed of. It’s just that the night wasn’t really for us,” Go added.
Ceres head coach Cha Soung Yooung thanked all those who came to support the Philippine Team.
“(Saturday night’s) result shows that there’s a brighter future that lies ahead for Philippine football,” the Korean mentor said.
Meanwhile, the Rimyungso Club of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea secured the top spot in Group B and advanced to the next round after demolishing the Tatung Company of Chinese Taipei, 5-nil in Saturday’s second match.
Jang Song Hyok opened Rimyungso’s scoring spree in the seventh minute on a penalty kick as Jong Il Gwan fired another in the 41st minute to put his team on a 2-nil lead at the half.
In the second half, Ri Hyok Chol added one more goal for the DPR Korea in the 51st minute before skipper Pak Song Chol scored back-to-back goals in the 86th and 88th minutes to seal the win.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 12, 2014.