Ceres Negros FC displayed flawless tactical execution to pull off a masterful 1-0 win over Port FC of Thailand in the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League late Tuesday at the PAT Stadium in Bangkok Skipper Stephan Schrock knocked down the game-winner to power the Busmen and move one win away from claiming a historic Champions League spot.
With the win, the Busman punched a ticket to the third and final match of the preliminaries against Tokyo FC on 28 January at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, looking to become the first Filipino club to secure a place in the group stage of the AFC Champions League.
Schrock, the charismatic Filipino-German striker who also plays for the national men’s team, delivered a cross in the 51st minute with the ball finding its way to the back of the net after Thai goal keeper Worawut Srisupa failed to knock it away.
The Busmen had some scary moments down the stretch as Port FC became more aggressive and tried to desperately score the equalizer until Ceres FC formally sealed the victory.
Ceres FC head coach Risto Vidakovic said their win over the former Thai League champions gave them team a huge morale booster as they battle the hard-fighting Japanese.
“In two weeks of preparation we thought it’s too early for us,” Vidakovic said.
“But I think they moved very good, covered each other and helped each other in the pitch. It was a very tough game, especially after the second half. I thought we are not ready but the boys gave everything, they did a really job.”
“For us it was a good experience for the team. We never caved we are always fighting to win. We are tactically working on.”