Ceres Negros FC fought Hanoi FC to a stalemate, 1-1, in their first leg semi-final matchup in the AFC Cup on Tuesday evening at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
Ceres' top goal getter Bienvenido Marañon got on the scoresheet once again, while Pape Omar Faye got an away-goal for the Vietnamese club.
Staying true to their high-scoring pedigree, the two clubs entered the game with goals in mind. An eventful first half ended 0-0, with the Hanoi keeper producing important saves and the Busmen being placed under pressure constantly.
Hanoi beat Roland Muller in the 51st minute through Omar Faye, but the goal was disallowed after Quinag Hai was adjudged offside.
Just six minutes later, it was the Busmen celebrating after Marañon finally broke the deadlock. Stephan Schrock picked out the Spanish striker in the box, who duly headed Ceres into the lead.
The visitors went all-out in the search for an equalizer in the next few minutes, and finally got a goal through Omar Faye in the 67th minute.
With neither team getting a go-ahead goal for the rest of the match, Hanoi has the advantage going into the next leg of the semi-finals. This means that a 0-0 result in Vietnam will mean Hanoi goes through into the Finals.
The second leg will be played in Vietnam on June 25.