MANILA – Global Cebu Football Club of the Philippines advanced to the semifinals of the Singapore Cup despite its 1-2 loss to Beoung Ket Angkor of Cambodia in Leg 2 of the quarterfinals.
The Cebu-based squad won the series with an aggregate score of 4-3 (2-0 win in the first leg on Tuesday) and will face the winner between Hougang United of Singapore and Nagaworld of Cambodia.
Global jumped to an early lead Friday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore, with Paolo Salenga converting a header from a cross by Hikaru Minegishi in the fourth minute. Salenga nearly doubled the lead but misfired a header from a nice pass by Misagh Bahadoran.
Beoung Ket Angkor managed to tie the count 1-1 in the 10th minute with Khour Laboravy slamming the ball over the defense of Global goalkeeper Patrick Deyto.
Global had a chance to snatch the lead early in the second half but shots by Paul Mulders and Darryl Roberts were denied. The Cambodian squad then snatched the lead with a header by Emmanuel Omogba.
Ahead in the aggregate score, Global turned to its defense the rest of the match, with a number of masterful saves by Deyto to deny Beoung Ket Angkor from forcing an extension.
It was the Philippine-based team’s first defeat in four matches with Beoung Ket Angkor this year. Global won the first three games, including two in the 2017 AFC Cup group stage.
Global hopes to duplicate – or even surpass – the third-place finish of Ceres Negros in the tournament last year, the highest finish ever by a Philippine-based team in the Singapore Cup./PN