Thanks CJ! Sadly, i dont have access to Fox Sports. Another big day for Philippine football! Lets show them what we can do boys!
Well at least you can get it on ABS-CBN. I am dependent on livestream wherever I can find it. Hopefully both clubs win to clinch it for the knockout round. The top team in the group gets to play at home in a single game deciding match in the group of 16 so it is important for both teams to finish in first.
Game day! Kaya vs. Kitchee at 3:00 p.m. Watch our third AFC Cup home game live at Rizal Memorial Stadium! Fox Sports 2 and ABS-CBN Sports + Action will air the game live. We would like to remind everyone that one lane of Adriatico Street will be closed, so please be mindful of the potential traffic situation. Only two entrance gates, the grandstand and bleachers, will be open. The ticket booth is beside PNB. We advise everyone to observe stadium rules and guidelines (same stadium code of conduct at goo.gl/8uFI2F). See you all later! #UnaKaya
It was obvious that Kaya is having difficulty playing in that kind of condition also but the visitors look more hungry for a win than Kaya. The speed of Kaya was not there, Tanton and Porteria were not aggressive enough to control the midfield. Its up to Ceres to get that win and carry our flag tonight. Btw, is Muller playing tonight for the busmen?
Muller, if he is joining Ceres, won't be playing for them in the AFC Cup until his paperwork is submitted and approved by the AFC. That won't happen until sometime in the knockout stages of the tournament.
Ceres advances to the knockout stage of the tournament due to draw against Selangor. Their final battle will be a home game against Shiekh Jamal, the team who beat Tampines rovers 3-2 at Bangladesh. Hope Ceres tops the group because if they placed second, Ceres will be facing India's Mohun Bagan.
For Kaya, they need to win against New Radiant in Maldives or they'll be eliminated. In case they win, they'll be second if Kitchee wins against Balestier Khalsa. If Khalsa wins and Kaya wins, Kaya tops the group. A draw for Kitchee and Balestier will make Kaya 2nd in group.
If Kaya FC tops the group, they'll be facing the runner up in group H If Kaya FC is 2nd, they'll be facing Malaysia's superior team Johor Darul Ta'zim
Nice comments by the Malaysian press, although they got the naturalization of our Fil Euros wrong. They are even holding Ceres owner Yanson as an example for other Malaysians to follow:
CERES MAKING WAVES
THIS is the first time in the history of the AFC Cup that a team from the Philippines have qualified for the knockout stage. The emergence of Ceres sparks a new chapter in Philippines football and the national team, who will host one of the groups in the AFF Suzuki Cup in November. Ceres, nicknamed the Busmen, have a number of national players in their side, including the naturalised trio of Stephan Schrock, Martin Steuble and Patrick Reichelt. The trio put up a determined display against Selangor and stunned Singapore champions Tampines Rovers. Their hunger for success augurs well for Philippines football.
LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE
MILLIONAIRE Leo Yanson, the owner of Ceres, sat among the handful of Ceres fans at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium to watch his team book their berth in the AFC Cup round of 16 for the first time. The low-profile tycoon has invested heavily in Ceres since their formation in 2014 by signing top local Filipinos and foreigners. The club are now reaping the success of their investment. This is something that local millionaires should emulate if they really want to help raise the standard of Malaysian football.
Ceres La Salle make AFC Cup history as Kaya FC seek second chance Ceres vs. Selangor Ceres managed a creditable 0-0 draw away to Selangor on Tuesday night.
Philippine football history was created yet again this week as UFL League champions Ceres La Salle booked a place in the knockout stages of the AFC Cup for the first time in the country's history.
A draw away to Selangor was just about what both teams deserved and it was enough for Ceres to progress to the next round.
Meanwhile, Kaya FC will have to wait until the last matchday to book themselves a ticket to the next round after a disappointing home loss to Kitchee FC.
Here are three thoughts from Matchday five:
1. Ceres deserve to go through
Defeated domestically in the UFL Cup final by rivals Global FC, Ceres looked to the AFC Cup to immediately soothe their disappointment.
Marquee signing Stephan Schrock returned to full fitness to make the starting eleven while veteran defender Juani Guirado was unavailable due to injury.
While Ceres naturally wanted to come out with a win and earn the full three points, they could have been forgiven for playing for the draw away to the reigning Malaysia Cup champions.
Chances were difficult to come by for both teams. The absence of Bienvenido Maranon for Ceres, and the early departure of Selangor's Patrick Wleh midway through the first half because of injury, meant that the attack from both sides was blunted.
Ceres will be satisfied with the draw that saw them progress to the Round of 16, especially as the game offered a chance for Schrock to play the full 90 minutes pain-free.
Given their performance over five matchdays so far, it was difficult to begrudge a consistent Ceres team their place in the next round. Kaya FC Kaya will need to get a result in the final group game to make the knockout stages.
2. Kaya must look at the positives
Going into the pivotal game against Kitchee in Manila, much of the pre-match talk was about the heat and the playing conditions. Television scheduling required that the match started at 3pm in Manila.
Playing in 37 degree celsius heat is no laughing matter, even more so on artificial turf. Yet, fans watching from home would not have noticed the weather, as both Kaya and Kitchee started the game at a frenetic pace.
After last December's AFC Cup draw, prominent Hong Kong news agencies labelled Kaya as the minnows of the group.
But, with three straight victories coming in, Kaya had shown that they are far from pushovers.
As in their first encounter in Hong Kong, Kitchee were the better team in the first half. Their superior ball possession meant that Kaya were forced to chase shadows early on.
But midfielder Alfred Osei was all action as he drove his team onwards as Kitchee wilted in the heat late in the first half.
The second half presented Kaya with a host of chances to take the lead, with OJ Porteria and Miguel Tanton coming close. But it would be Kitchee who came up with a goal under dramatic circumstances in the 86th minute.
After scoring a dramatic winner on the second matchday against Balestier Khalsa, it was the turn of Kaya to be stunned by late heroics. Harima Hirokane, making only his third appearance in the senior team, slotted home from close range after an uncharacteristic error from Kaya's Australian goalkeeper Matthew Acton.
Kaya were disappointed with the home defeat, but will seek solace in the fact that they have a second chance to secure progression in two weeks' time. Ceres vs. Selangor Ceres are the first ever Philippines team to qualify for the AFC Cup knockout stages.
3. History made, and more history could follow
For a country that was given an AFC Cup berth for the first time last year, the Philippine clubs' performances this season have been more than respectable.
Ceres have become the first Filipino team to go through to the knockout stages, and they will do their chances of further progression a ton of good if they are able to win their last group game, which would secure home ground advantage in the Round of 16.
As their previous results have shown, playing at Panaad Park in Bacolod, with the raucous yellow clad army behind them, will be a massive boost.
And, as a shock Tampines Rovers' loss to the Bangladeshi side proved, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club are far from pushovers.
After failing at home to secure the necessary point to take them through, Kaya will aim to make amends away to an already eliminated New Radiant.
While travel to the Maldives and fatigue could be factors, Kaya will be buoyed by the incentive of joining Ceres in the next round to make it two teams out of two from the Philippines.
If that happens, it will be an achievement that will be worth savouring in a year that the Philippines co-hosts the AFF Suzuki Cup
To all our kababayans in the Maldives, we hope you can come and watch our third and last AFC Cup away game of the group stage on May 10 at the National Stadium. Kickoff at 5:00 p.m. (Maldives time). We'd love to see and hear you cheer us on live at the stadium! #UnaKaya
BoyBacolod: NCR had for so long relied on Palaro players from provinces to boost their lineups. It is high time that VISAYAS should own football. In Negros I think it will a step closer since the vice-governor running for the top post is a football supporter.
Feb 22, 2019 12:58:13 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: what lol 😋
Feb 23, 2019 12:57:25 GMT 8
truman: keep ting on basketball, mate. accept it, we can't cope up with its popularity. Dont hate on the sport. Blame PFF for not marketing the sport well enough.Now that the Philippines is in the FIBA World Cup, it would be a loooot harder for ustogainsupport
Feb 25, 2019 0:44:10 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: If some UAAP or NCAA schools will join the new league in one form or another, it may remove the gap between U22s and seniors. The schools can devise a system akin to sports academies, education is important after all.
Feb 28, 2019 18:16:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Will the PFL be like the San Marino league system, where there are no so-called "home" stadiums.
Mar 2, 2019 12:39:19 GMT 8
leoisiah: Gibraltar also has a single stadium for their league.
Mar 12, 2019 8:27:57 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Rules are rules are rules. The two clubs should have known better. They are given loads of time to act on it. And to those who say PFF sucks, sometimes they do but one thing they are consistent is sticking to the rules.
Mar 25, 2019 10:42:16 GMT 8
truman: Agree @boybacolod
Mar 25, 2019 14:49:21 GMT 8
truman: lowkey cringe sa conyoness ng PPL FB page.
Apr 8, 2019 10:11:23 GMT 8
truman: sad day for philippine football
Apr 27, 2019 13:22:38 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Why I like UAAP football, no more extra games for seeding.Makes me think about European efficiency. Wish gayahin din sa basketball (very sketchy tiebreakers), like Euroleague.
May 8, 2019 14:02:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Negros Occidental footy fans, expect more football this 2019, now that a San Carlos native is governor.
May 14, 2019 2:05:22 GMT 8
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@BoyBacolod: Hamak na mungkahi lang. Mabuti siguro kung maipromote ulit ang larong sipa. Daming maling sa sipa na mga bata, mabuting transistion for futsal, kung hindi regular football. Parang sa Thailand, sepak takraw, o chinlone sa Myanmar.
Jul 24, 2019 19:12:53 GMT 8
bluedevil2k8: guys please support the across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 19:18:16 GMT 8
papajamba: listening now to simone rota - across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 23:48:32 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: As long as Ricky Yanson is professional to Ceres FC and extends support to the Azkals in general (Ceres Azkals in particular) during home games, he can be PFF president in my book. Much better will be reconciling with Leo, though that idea is Farfetch'd.
Sept 21, 2019 23:07:36 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Kaya fans wishing that Ricky Yanson wins the PFF presidency is akin to GMA fans wishing that Congress and President Duterte will not renew ABS-CBN's franchise.
Oct 24, 2019 21:10:39 GMT 8
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