|FC Tokyo players celebrate after a goal. AFC|
MANILA, Philippines - Ceres-Negros FC failed to go through the next round of the AFC Champions League after they were defeated by the hosts, FC Tokyo, Tuesday night at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
Playing sans team captain Stephan Schrock due to suspension after incurring two yellow cards in the preliminary stage, Ceres braved through the first half and took advantage that despite Tokyo's chances to score a goal, not a single one found the back of the net.
The Busmen were able to hold the Japanese side to a 0-0 scoreline at halftime.
Fresh from the locker room and the halftime huddle, Sei Muroya gave the edge for Tokyo that seemingly shattered the Filipino side's defense.
Come the 79th minute of the match, Taichi Hara was booked with a red card and was sent off the pitch for taking down Ceres's Takashi Odawara.
Odawara was given proper medical attention and was able to continue on the game.
A minute before full time, Adailton dos Santos da Silva scored the dagger goal that sealed their qualification to the next round of the competition.
Ceres-Negros FC will be seeing action next in the AFC Cup alongside Kaya-Iloilo FC.
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