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    Global Cebu F.C., Ceres Negros F.C. aim to make history in bid to advance in AFC Cup

    May 3, 2017
    Global FC looks to formalize its entry to the zonal semifinals in the AFC Cup. 

    HISTORY could be made on Wednesday in the 2017 AFC Cup as two Philippine clubs shoot for a spot in the zonal semifinals for the first time ever in the tournament.

    The country's two top teams in Global Cebu F.C. and Ceres Negros F.C take on different foes with a victory for either of them resulting into qualification.

    Global will be hosting the also-ran Boeung Ket Ankor in the Group F clash at the Rizal Memorial Stadium at 8:30 p.m. to formalize its entry into the semis.

    The People's Club got a 2-0 result in Phnom Phen the last time these two teams met and they're raring to get the same three points and avoid complications in the table.

    They will have to do that while once again playing without skipper Misagh Bahadoran who'll be missing his third straight game in the AFC Cup with a knee injury.

    Global has 12 points heading into their last match, while regional powerhouse Johor Darul Ta'zim is just right behind with 10 points.

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    "We have to have the same type of urgency because it's a must win for us. We played already the first time, and they're a good team, we need to play that well again for us to get all three points," said goalkeeper Patrick Deyto.

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    "The atmosphere is good, the chemistry is good. But then again we need to avoid complacency and give our 100 percent to beat them again."

    Ceres' situation, on the other hand, is a bit tricky.

    The four teams in Group G all have a shot to top the group, including the struggling Tampines Rovers who'll be hosting them in Singapore.

    The Busmen are tied with Hanoi F.C with eight points apiece, while Tampines aren't that far behind with six.

    That's why the mindset for Ceres will be win at all costs against the Singaporean side.

    "We're now looking forward to taking on Tampines, it's another do or die game as well. We beat them, we qualify to the next round, we're feeling confident we can do so," said winger Iain Ramsey.

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    The last time these two teams met, Ceres gave Tampines a 5-0 beating at home but Ramsey believes that this is a different situation now.

    "It was a different circumstance, we play at home back then, the crowd was a big factor. We know it's going to be a tough game playing Tampines in Singapore but we feel confident that we can do the job," he continued.

    "They're a tough team to beat at home but we'll make sure to do the job in order for us to qualify."

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