by Jonas Terrado
Ceres-Negros tries to secure a place in the ASEAN Zonal Finals when it faces Hanoi FC in the second leg of their semifinal duel in the AFC Cup at the Hang Day Stadium in Vietnam.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. Manila time) with the Busmen looking to break the 1-1 tie on aggregate after the two sides met in the first leg last week at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
The two-time defending Philippines Football League champions are seeking a berth in the ASEAN Finals against either Vietnam’s Becamex Binh Duong and Indonesia’s PSM Makasaar.
Becamex holds a 1-0 lead on aggregate going into the return leg in Cibinong.
Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon hopes to play a pivotal role for Ceres after producing 10 goals since the start of the competition.
Maranon struck the opener for Ceres last week until Senegalese striker Pape Omar Faye scored an equalizer and the crucial away-goal advantage for Hanoi.