CERES Negros FC opens its 2019 AFC Cup campaign on Tuesday when it battles Shan United FC at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
The match is at 7:30 p.m.
Ceres is bracketed in Group F with Shan United FC of Myanmar, Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam, and Persida Jakarta of Indonesia.
The Negrense booters, last year’s Philippine Premier League champions, returned to the AFC Cup after losing to Yangon United FC last month in the AFC Champions League qualifiers first round.
Ceres is looking to improve on last year’s finish when it reached the Asean zonal final only to lose to Home United of Singapore.
The Myanmar-based side is making its second campaign in the AFC Cup after finishing second in the domestic league.
UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas drew with National University, 2-2, to take the lead in the UAAP Season 81 men’s football tournament at the Far Eastern University-Diliman pitch.
Dexter Benecio equalized the match with a goal in the 96th minute to salvage a point in the match after trailing, 2-0. The Growling Tigers are on top of the table with five points.
It was a sorry result for NU, which held a 2-0 lead on goals by Marcel Ivan Ouano in the 14th and 19th minute.
The Bulldogs conceded UST’s first goal in the 28th minute courtesy of Conrado Dimacali III.
FEU drew with Ateneo, 1-1, to take the second spot with four points. FEU’s John Renz Saldivar scored in the 45th but conceded a goal in the 85th on a strike by Ateneo’s Julian Vincent Roxas.
De La Salle picked up its first win with a 1-0 win over Adamson to occupy third place with three points. Mohammad Adil Almohjili scored the lone goal in the 50th.