|Bienve Marañon celebrates after the lone goal of the match for Ceres Negros. AFC|
By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA—Ceres Negros went 3-for-3 in the first round of the group stages of the AFC Cup after edging Persija Jakarta, 1-0, at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod on Wednesday night.
Bienve Marañon's strike was the difference as Negros created some separation from the rest of Group G with the second round happening later in the month.
Marañon received a feed from Martin Steuble and headed in the ninth goal that turned out to be the winner for Negros.
Negros is now 3-0 in the table for nine points.
Jakarta, on the other hand, fell to a tie with Becamex Binh Duong, 2-1 winner at Shan United, for second with four points, although the former is up on overall goal difference.
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