CERES-LA SALLE tries to move a step closer to a breakthrough finals appearance in the Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup as it tangles with Tatung of Chinese Taipei in the resumption of Group B play on Thursday at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
Two days after holding North Korean powerhouse Rimyongsu to a fighting 2-2 draw, the reigning national club champions, who are carrying the Philippine banner, take on the Taiwanese side at 7:30 p.m., aiming for no less than a victory.
Although it already passed arguably its toughest test in Rimyongsu, Ceres remains wary of their upcoming Taiwanese opponents.
“We cannot look past Tatung,” Ceres coach Ali Go said. “We want to attack more, but stay disciplined on defense at the same time.”
Azkals standouts Juani Guirado and Patrick Reichelt, who delivered the goals in the opener, continue to lead Ceres, with Reichelt in front and Guirado at the back.
Tatung is keen to recover from a 0-2 loss last Tuesday to HTTU Asgabat of Turkemenistan, which can seal a spot in the finals with a win over Rimyongsu in the curtain-raiser at 5 o’clock.
Only the top two teams will qualify to the final round.