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Negros leaves it late, blanks Shan in their rematch to remain unbeaten

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Stephan Schröck went bruised and bloodied all 90 minutes long but Ceres Negros left it late to repeat over Myanmar's Shan United in the AFC Cup. AFC/Lagardere Sports
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA--Ceres Negros had a hard time against Shan United in second tiff this year, but the inaugural PFL champions left it late in the waning moments to blank the top Myanmar side, 2-0 in their AFC Cup tiff Bacolod's Panaad Tuesday evening.

A week after their stalemate in the Lion City last week, the Busmen needed a late blitz back at home to remain on top of Group F with their second win, in which Boeung Ket Angkor gave Risto Vidakovic's men a huge favor after scoring a massive upset against Home United earlier in the night.

Shan's defence frustrated the home side as they try to avenge their AFC Champions League setback two months ago, keeping their line for the first 78 minutes.

That all changed a minute later, as Hein Thita Zaw made a blunder by poking the ball to the crossbar, and Patrick Reichelt made them pay in the ensuing rebound to put the home side ahead.

Going for the kill, Ceres pushed hard and were rewarded in the 83rd minute as Mike Ott found an unmarked Bienvenido Marañon, and the Spaniard made no mistake from 12 yards for the dagger strike to get all three points for the reigning ASEAN Zone champions.

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