Ceres Negros whips Bali United in closed-door battle

Stephan Schrock set the tone for Ceres Negros with three assists. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Ceres Negros withstood having to play without any spectator cheering for the club as it trampled Bali United, 4-0, in their AFC Cup battle at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.

Keeping it slow for most of the first half, Ceres Negros struck first in the 35th minute when OJ Porteria followed up on a saved shot by Stephan Schrock.

Bienve Maranon then sparked a second half blast with a penalty in the 54th minute before sealing a brace in the 69th minute. Robert Lopez Mendy sealed Ceres Negros' victory with a 73rd minute strike.

With the win, Ceres Negros is now on seven points after three matches, staying unbeaten in Group G ahead of its three-match road trip in the second round of the group stages.

Bali, on the other hand, stays at the bottom of the group with three points with Svay Rieng, despite losing, 1-4, at Than Quang Ninh, owning the tiebreaker due to its 2-1 win.

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