Ceres-Negros faces tough trek in crown retention bid with top striker suspended

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Photo from @AFCCup TwitterYANGON—Playing in searing conditions against a team that refused to quit, Ceres-Negros dug deep Wednesday to keep its title-retention bid on track in the AFC Cup Asean zonal phase.But the task just gets tougher from here for the Busmen with star striker Bienvenido Marañon expected to miss the two-legged final against Home United in August following a straight red card in the second leg against Myanmar National League powerhouse Yangon United at Thuwunna Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Yangon beat Ceres, 3-2, in the second leg after scoring two late goals following Marañon’s dismissal in the 79th minute, but the Bacolod-based side prevailed, 6-5, on the strength of its two-goal victory at Panaad Stadium last week.“We definitely showed that we can play over our limits,” said midfielder Manny Ott, who combined with Stephan Schrock in scoring the equalizer in the ninth minute. “Everyone was tired because this was our third match in a week. The conditions were tough, it wasn’t our best game and we know we can do better, but everyone was fighting to get the result.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn his fourth season with the club, Ceres defender Carlie De Murga said the squad’s character came to the fore in front of a hostile crowd and a team that used physicality to rattle them. Yangon scored two goals in the space of four minutes to move within a goal, before the Busmen held on.“The opponent was pushing us high and attacked us all the time,” said De Murga. “But we were mature enough to suffer and that allowed us to be in the finals.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Chinese show Blu Girls exit, reach finalslast_img read more