CERES Negros was held to a crucial 1-1 draw by Home United in the 2018 AFC Cup Asean Zone Finals on Wednesday at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.
The hosts got ahead early folllwing a Blake Powell penalty but that got neutralized quickly following a goal from Isaka Cernak.
It was a blazing start in Bacolod with the hosts pushing early on and they got rewarded quickly in the eighth minute.
Powell maneuvered past the Home backline and got taken down by Shakir Hamzah prompting the referee to give a spot kick which Powell calmly sank.
But the joy in Panaad was quickly zapped when Isaka was left unmarked inside the box, converting Shahril Ishak's missed header.
Ceres tried to continuously push after but the Home defense held up to return home with an all-important away goal, and the fixture tied.
The match swings to Singapore when Home hosts Ceres on August 8.