CERES-LA Salle held Selangor to a 2-2 draw for a solid start to its Asian Football Confederation Cup campaign on Tuesday night before a huge home crowd at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
The reigning United Football League champions squandered an early lead, but found a late equalizer to salvage the stalemate against the Malaysian powerhouse squad and one point in Group E.
Spanish striker Adrian Gallardo struck the tying goal two minutes before stoppage time off a lovely cross from Stephan Shcrock, who scored Ceres’ first goal early in the first half.
The Busmen drew first blood when Schrock found the back of the net with a quality strike 17 minutes into the match that sent the crowd of over 8,000 people in a frenzy.
But goalkeeper Michael Casas committed a costly error, bungling a clearance 17 minutes later, allowing Mauro Olivi to capitalize and score an equalizer.
Selangor went ahead in the 59th minute when Mohd Hafiz converted a free kick, before Gallardo rescued Ceres by heading home Schrock’s feed in the 88th.
Ceres continues its campaign on March 8 when it faces Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi in Dhaka.