YANGON United FC eliminated Ceres Negros FC in the first round of the AFC Champions League preliminary stage, 2-1, on Tuesday night before a disappointed crowd at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
Kaung Htet Soe scored the marginal goal from short distance in the 59th minute as the Burmese side moved into the second round of the stepladder format qualifiers.
With the loss, Ceres Negros FC will be staying in the AFC Cup for this year, the same competition where the Bacolod side reached the Asean zonal final last year before bowing to Home United.
Ceres though was unable to duplicate last year’s performance where they lost to Tianjin Quanjian, 2-0, in the final match for a spot in the AFC Champions League.
The former Philippines Football League champion conceded the match-winning goal after Philippine Azkals veteran Stephan Schrock equalized for the Busmen, scoring a goal off a cross from Martin Steuble in the 44th minute.
Yangon United struck first after Vinicius Miller scored on a free kick from the edge of the box for a 1-0 score in the 28th minute.
The closest Ceres was able to equalize was in the 70th minute when OJ Porteria's rebound hit the crossbar.
The Busmen are no stranger to Yangon United, having beaten the Myanmar squad in the Asean zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup last year.
But it will be Yangon United which will advance for an AFC Champions League spot where they will battle Chiangrai United of Thailand in the second round.