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Hartman curls Cebu past Negros in a shorthanded Visayas Clasico

Matthew Hartmann and Cebu got even on their Negrense Rivals when Global played their real home debut in Abellana. (file)
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA--In their first ever home game in the Queen City of the South, Global Cebu get even on Ceres Negros, pipping their Visayas Clasico nemesis by their skin of their teeth to escape Abellana by the slimmest of scorelines Wednesday evening.

Matthew Hartmann became the Akbar Nawas' answer to their attacking problems by firing a left-footed curler past replacement custodian Louie Casas in the 42nd minute to send the 5,350 people ecstatic inside the Cebu City Sports Complex for their fifth win of the season, tightening their grip in the third spot with 17 points.

The Busmen of Risto Vidakovic never got their bearings in the patchy grass, ending the match on a 10-on-10 after starting goalkeeper Roland Muller got tossed by referee Clifford Daypuyat clipping Cebu's Sekou Sylla just ten minutes into the match.

Daypuyat also sent the Guinean forward to their changing rooms later on for the initial tussle on the former Azkals netminder.

Global's win benefited Kaya Makati the most as their 3-1 win away at Stallion Laguna kicked Negros off the postseason places by a point after another midweek play.

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