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    Now that the Philippine Football League has officially started, I am creating this new thread for PFL teams participating in international competitions and games, starting with this article:

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    Ceres FC to Face JDT in Asean Zonal Semifinals on May 17, 31

    Saturday, May 06, 2017
    By HENRY G. DOBLE CERES

    Negros Football Club (FC) survived Tampines Rovers, 4-2 to continue their quest in the Asian Football Confederation Asean Zonal semifinals with a date against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) of Malaysia.

    The Bacolod-based club will challenge the Malaysians in an away match on May 17 at the Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium in Johor Bahru.

    The Busmen will play host at Panaad Park and Stadium on May 31 after securing semifinals berth last May 3 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

    Club director Ali Go said their do-or-die face-off with Tampines in Group G was a tough one.

    “It was a very hard game for us. We were just mentally prepared for it,” he said.

    “Do-or-die games are always hard but the team responded well. Everybody was prepared for the game.”

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/sp...y-17-31-540359)

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    Global and Ceres Aim to Make History at AFC Cup

    Two Pinoy clubs are on the cusp of progressing past the first knockout stage for the first time

    Bob Guerrero
    Published 3:15 PM, May 15, 2017
    Updated 3:15 PM, May 15, 2017

    AFC Cup ASEAN Zone semifinals

    Global Cebu vs Home United
    7:30 pm Tuesday, May 16
    Rizal Memorial Stadium
    LIVE on Fox Sports

    Ceres Negros vs Johor Darul Ta'zim
    8:45 pm Wednesday, May 17
    Stadium Tan Sri Dato' Haji Yunos, Johor Baru, Malaysia
    LIVE on Fox Sports 3


    This week Ceres and Global will attempt to go where no Filipino club has gone before: beyond the first knockout stage of the AFC Cup.

    Last year Ceres and Kaya were the two Filipino clubs who reached the knockout stage. But both stumbled at that hurdle, with Kaya getting walloped by Malaysian powerhouse Johor Darul Ta'zim and Ceres falling at home to Hong Kong outfit South China.

    The format is different this year, with the top 4 ASEAN clubs from the group stage in one bracket, and the ties are now two-legged aggregate goals contests at this phase instead of one match.

    After this week's games Global will face Home United in Singapore on the 30th of May and Ceres hosts JDT in Panaad the day after. The series winners proceed to the two-legged ASEAN zone finals, which will be between the two Filipino teams if they both win.

    Global is riding high. The club representing Cebu in the PFL won Group F with 15 points, the most of any ASEAN side. They also are still enjoying the glow of a pulsating home upset of JDT last month. That defeat against the Malaysian giants and 2015 AFC Cup champs will give them plenty of confidence.

    In their last competitive match two weekends ago they beat JPV Marikina 2-1 in their PFL opener.

    But Global have some issues: Brazilian central defender Wesley Dos Santos is unavailable for this match because of accumulated yellow cards. That will likely mean that Dennis Villanueva will scoot back from central mid to partner Amani Aguinaldo in the heart of the defense.

    Misagh Bahadoran is reportedly unlikely to start. He is still recovering from a knee injury. But if the Azkal is anywhere in the vicinity of 70-80% it is likely he will have a run-out on Tuesday.

    The other concern is the sudden departure of coach Toshiaki Imai. The avuncular Japanese veteran guided Global into the knockout stage but has abruptly returned to his homeland.

    Assistant coach Marjo Allado will likely be the interim head coach on Tuesday but Singaporean mentor Akbar Nawas, a former Tampines Rovers coach, will serve as technical consultant on a short-term basis according to this report.

    Global has been changing coaches often of late. They began the 2016 season with Leigh Manson at the helm. Then John Burridge replaced the Scot near the end of the championship season. Burridge left soon after, and Kenichi Yatsuhashi came in but lasted a week and half before Imai arrived in January. Counting Allado, that is five coaches in less than a year.

    But Global veteran Matt Hartmann is unfazed.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.rappler.com/sports/by-spo...m-make-history)

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    Major heartbreak for Global FC after a won game for them ended up in a Draw.

    Meanwhile, Ceres-Negros FC has an away match on Johor Darul Tazim FCs home pitch tonight at 8:45 pm, live on Fox Sports.


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    An awesome game between Ceres-Negros FC and Malaysia's Johor Darul Tazim FC, about as good as it gets.

    Aside from the fact that five goals were scored between the teams, there were many, many more great chances at goal by both teams. Ceres was just a little bit unlucky in this game, with the last goal against them unintentionally being deflected into the net.

    Ceres now has the upper hand because after scoring two away goals, they now will be facing JDT in their home pitch in Panaad, the date of which will be revealed later.


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