The loss against Felda United was a tough pill to swallow for Ceres-Negros. The result aggravated their current standing and pushed them back to third place trailing group leaders Hanoi by three points. Ceres midfielder OJ Porteria knows all too well of the previous games’ disappointment.
When asked about his performance in the last game, the Ceres midfielder recalled the difficulty of the task. “I worked hard and gave everything, but it was hard to gain momentum after their first goal,” said the Ceres midfielder. “They were first to most second balls and exploited us on the counter attack,” he added.
Porteria is no stranger to do-or-die matches. In 2016 UFL Cup semi final, he carried Kaya FC against Ceres scoring two goals but his team fell short on the penalty shootout. Now with Ceres, the current national team player will now face another make-or-break moment with his new team.
The former D.C. United product knows very well what is expected from him on the pitch come match day. “I expect to die on the pitch tomorrow and I know I will die with my brothers on the pitch as well. Win or lose, we will give everything we have.
Porteria and and the rest of the team will be ready once kickoff begins in Panaad tomorrow. The match will be aired live on Fox Sports 2 with the festivities starting around 7PM.
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