Ceres Negros’ Manuel Herrera (right) and Home United’s Song Ui-yong contest for the loose ball during the second leg of their 2018 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final match in Singapore. AFC MANILA – Ceres Negros’ journey in the 2018 AFC Cup came to an end after a 0-2 loss to Home United of Singapore in the second leg of their ASEAN Zonal Final match on Wednesday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Ceres, which played without the suspended Bienvenido Marañon, will try to bounce back in the 2019 AFC Cup after qualifying again for ruling the 2018 Philippines Football League for the second straight year.The Busmen lost to an aggregate score of 1-3 after settling for a 1-1 draw with Home United during the first leg on Aug. 1 in Bacolod City.Shakir Hamzah and Song Ui-young scored a goal each in the second half for Home United, which avenged its ASEAN Zonal Finals defeat in the hands of Ceres last season. Needing an away goal to virtually tie Home United, Ceres went aggressive in the opening half with attempts from Patrick Reichelt and Manuel Herrera but these were thwarted by the defense.The Busmen suffered a huge blow near the end of first half – Reichelt went down with an injury after colliding with Home United’s goalkeeper Rudy Khairullah and was not able to return to the game.In the second half, Home United diminished Ceres’ chances of advancing to the next round as Hamzah drained a well-placed header in the 62nd minute from a corner kick.Ceres scampered to score a goal but failed to penetrate the tough defense of Home United. Ui-young sealed the win for the Singaporeans with a header in the 74th minute./PN
The Under-18s group entered the competition at the quarter-final stage and made a good start when Sam Bell put them ahead at the Corinium Stadium on Tuesday night (December 3rd).It came after good defensive work from James Taylor allowed him to break forward and link with Tommy Conway. He put Bell through on goal who proceeded to take the ball around the goalkeeper and slot home.Both Conway and Bell had further chances to increase the lead before half-time but the youthful City side struggled after the break when they couldn’t keep the same quality of possession.Cirencester equalised just before the hour-mark when a free kick rebounded off the crossbar and struck Bell on the goalline. The referee awarded a penalty for handball, from which the home scored.Cirencester broke away, cutting in off the left to pick out the bottom corner to go 2-1 ahead, before the hosts scored another penalty following a trip from Josh Owers.Alex Ball’s side spurned several chances to get back into the game through a combination of poor finishing and good defending from Cirencester.
0′ Tournament: Europa League Stadium: Audience: CSKA starts its participation in the Europa League tonight with the host of the Maltese Sirens. The Reds drew the best draw from the Bulgarian teams in the tournament. They have a home advantage, and besides, their opponent is extremely modest and without any special ambitions in the tournament.Stamen Belchev’s boys started the season in the First League with a draw with the newcomer FC CSKA 1948. Then the “reds” took two victories over Botev (Plovdiv) and Botev (Vratsa) with 2: 1. They are expected not to face any difficulties tonight, although this season the clashes from the preliminary rounds are resolved in one match, so any mistake can be fatal. Sirens will play in Europe for the first time and today’s clash with the “reds” is a historic event for the club. In fact, the “sirens” reached European participation in their first season in the elite, finishing fourth in the local Premier League, which was terminated on May 18 due to the pandemic. The team has not played an official match since then, which is another advantage for the Bulgarian team.Stamen Belchev cannot use the penalties of Ivan Turitsov and the injured Jefferson in today’s match. He is expected to bet on Evtimov at the door. Galabov, Antov, Matei and Maziku will defend him. Thiago and Yuga will act in the middle of the field, and Beltrame will be in the role of playmaker. Enrique and Kerry will be on both wings and will rely on Sow in attack.The guests are expected to oppose Cassar under the frame and in defense of Romeo, Borg, Rafael and Tiaginho. Grech and De Oliveira will be supporting midfielders, and Romarinho and Domoro will start on both wings. Tunkara will lead the attack, and behind him will be supported by veteran Mifsud.Probable compositions:CSKA: Evtimov, Galabov, Antov, Matei, Maziku, Tiago, Yuga, Kerry, Beltrame, Enrique, SowSIRENS: Casar, Romeo, Borg, Rafael, Tiaginho, Grech, De Oliveira, Romarinho, Mifsud, Domoro, TunkaraStadium: “Bulgarian Army”, Sofia. Judge: Tomasz Musial (Poland). Begining: 20:00.CSKA ranked 23rd for the Europa LeagueHere is the group of “reds”
LONDON, (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele should have spent this week finalising their preparations for the London Marathon but the two best distance runners in history are instead out alone on the trails of East Africa not knowing when they will race again. Sunday’s planned showdown between the only two men to have gone under two hours, two minutes for the classic distance was an early victim of the coronavirus pandemic.