Ceres-La Salle FC will once again go head to head with AFC Cup quarterfinalist Tampines Rovers as both teams advanced into the September semifinals of the Singapore Cup over the weekend.
Despite a 2-13 loss Sunday against DPMM Brunei, the Busmen managed to book a seat in the top four on a 5-2 aggregate following their 3-0 win in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
Singapore's Tampines Rovers completed their dominance of another team from the Philippines, Global FC, with a 3-1 win Saturday. Tampines prevailed over Global, 2-1, in the first leg.
It will be the third time for Ceres- La Salle and Tampines Rovers to clash on the field this year after getting bracketed together in Group E of the AFC Cup 2016 Group Stage.
Their first match in the AFC Qualifier played at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore ended in a 1-1 draw while their second encounter at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod ended with Ceres on top, 2-1.
Against Brunei Sunday, the Busmen rode high on a Stephan Schrock's 16 th minute goal and Bienvenido Marañon's 53 rd minute marker for a 2-0lead.
Not to be easily dismissed, Brunei sneaked up on Ceres' defense as substitute Shahrazen Said scored a minute later to give his team their first goal, while Brazilian forward Rafael Ramazotte tied the score on 63 rd after receiving a pass from Adi Said.
Stunned by the momentum shift, Ceres failed to stop Brunei from getting their third goal on a free kick from Paulo Sergio.
The three successive goals hurt Ceres but they were not enough to stop the Busmen from qualifying into the semi-finals against Tampines.*NAB
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