Ceres Negros of the Philippines crushed Vietnamese champions Hanoi FC 6-2 in a Group G match of the 2017 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod city on April 19.
Pham Thanh Luong (right) pulls back a goal for Hanoi FC in the match against Ceres Negros of the Philippines in the AFC Cup. Ceres beat 6-2.
The win means the Philippine team is tied with Hanoi FC on eight points but top the table on goal difference.
In the two sides’ first meeting in Hanoi, the game ended 1-1.
The Vietnamese side played without star Argentinean forward Gonzalo Marronkle, due to injury.
Ceres, buoyed by the home crowd, took the initiative from the beginning of the match.
Spanish striker Bienve Maranon of the hosts netted a penalty to give the home side the lead 13 minutes into the game.
His teammate Kevin Ingreso doubled the advantage in the 21st minute, an advantage the visitors cut in half four minutes later through midfielder Pham Thanh Luong, leaving the score 2-1 at half time.
Eight minutes after the break, Spanish Fernando Rodriguez scored to restore his side’s two goal cushion.
Hanoi FC was then dealt a blow with Hoang Vu Samson sent off in the 62nd minute.
Rodriguez scored again in the 69th minute to compound the Vietnamese side’s misery.
Do Hung Dung’s 86th minute penalty offered a flicker of hope for Hanoi, which was duly snuffed out by late goals from Jason de Jong and Bienvenido Maranon to complete the rout for the Filipino team.
Hanoi will host Felda United of Myanmar, while Ceres Negros plays away to Tampines of Singapore on May 3.
Another Vietnamese representative in the AFC Cup, Quang Ninh Coal, rank bottom of Group H with only one point after three matches and are almost certainly knocked out.
Quang Ninh will meet Yadanarbon in their last match on May 2 in Myanmar.