AFC Cup Preview: Yangon United v Ceres-Negros

Ceres-Negros attempts to make history as they fight for a second consecutive appearance in the ASEAN Final when they play Yangon United in the second leg of zonal semifinal on May 16 at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.

The Busmen were victorious in the first leg but two away goals gives the Myanmar squad some glimmer of hope as they play in searing conditions in Yangon.

Ceres proved effective at home when they race to a 3-0 lead in the first half of the first leg. Bienvenido Maranon scored a glorious opening goal when he chipped Sann Sat Naing from a tight angle to the delight of the home fans.

Patrick Reichelt doubled the lead minutes later when he pounced on a parried shot from Mike Ott while Maranon completed his brace a minute form halftime when he knocked in a free ball in front of goal.

Yangon made amends in the second half when Seikou Sylla pounced on poor marking to hit the top corner to make things interesting.

Super Herrera however had other things in mind when he nodded in a Manny Ott corner to regain the three goal advantage.

Sloppy defending however dampened celebrations as Sylla scored his second to bring back important goals to the home leg in Yangon.

United are unbeaten at home in the group stages with its tallying its biggest win via a 3-0 victory over Global Cebu. The streak however holds little relevance as their last two matches were only won by a solitary goal each.

Eyes will be on key players on Wednesday especially on the midfield. Manny Ott had a superb game, assisting the first and last goals of Ceres.

Yangon winger Maung Maung Lwin was shutoff in the first leg to the detriment of his club who has seen him contributing assists and goals in the group stages.

Maranon and Sylla are currently tied as top scorers in the the competition with nine goals while Sat Naing will need to replicate his eights saves to give his team a chance on getting to the final.

Conditions will be critical as the match is set to kickoff at 330pm Myanmar time. Temperatures are expected to reach 36 degrees with a heat index of 41 degrees.

Yangon will be well rested to deal with the weather while Ceres will bank on prior experience in afternoon matches to force a result in Myanmar.

The match will be shown live via Fox Sports (1) and their equivalent Fox streams. Ceres-Negros will need protect their two-goal advantage in the first leg to ensure their place in the Final legs in August.