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Ceres-Negros nips Shan United in AFC Cup opener

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Ceres-Negros opened their AFC Cup campaign on a bright note, but not before surviving a late scare by Myanmar’s Shan United in a 3-2 squeaker at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.

Brace-getting OJ Porteria scored in both halves with his left foot as the Busmen leave Bacolod with redeemed confidence after taking care of business against a familiar foe, three weeks after Yangon United came and shock them in their own patch.

“I think the team played good. But we should have more control,” said manager Risto Vidakovic after the match, before embarking their first away trip to Becamex Binh Duong in a fortnight.

Porteria put the reigning league champions ahead in just 19 minutes after making no mistake from inside the box with his left foot from a Mike Ott cross that deflected off Omid Nazari.

Bienvenido Marañón duly doubled their lead at half with a cheeky penalty eighteen minutes later after being brought down by Phone Thitsar Min,

Yet despite being down, Shan showed why their domestic front was well into their stride by shifting into higher gear in the second half, taking cue from their rivals in the former Burmese capital who went here and shocked the hosts in their AFC Champions League encounter.

Zin Min Tun was picked out by the Brazilian Hedipo five minutes after the restart with his left footed shot went into the empty net as Roland Muller was well too late to stop it.

Porteria thought that normal services were resumed three minute before full time, after getting picked out by Stephan Schrock’s diagonal in the box, and fired his low, left-footed shot to restore their two-goal cushion.

But substitute Dway Ko Ko Chit immediately answered with his header just seconds later, but Shan could not find a third to force the share of points in Bacolod. (Kevin Estrada)

Ceres Negros: Muller (GK), Super, Mike Ott (Tanton 70′), Ingreso, Marañón, Porteria, Schrock, Carli, Nazari (Karic 58′), Steuble (C), Christiaens (Alvaro Silva 90′)

Shan United: Thitsar Min (GK). Htike Aung, Htan, Kyaw, Min Tun, Maycon, Naing Oo (Ko Ko Chit 88′), Nakamura, Dedimar (Min Thu 80′), Yint Tum (Phyo Wai 59′), Hedipo