Ceres make history at Selangor

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Selangor and Ceres battled it out to a goalless draw at Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Selayang in the AFC Cup on Tuesday.

The result sees the Malaysian outfit sneak into second position in Group E with eight points, with Tampines Rovers just one point behind.

Meanwhile, Ceres remain on top with nine points with one game remaining, securing their place in the round of 16. They become the first ever club from the Philippines to make it to the knockout stages of the AFC Cup.

The hosts suffered an early blow when striker Patrick Wleh was forced to leave the field due to injury midway through the first half, blunting their attack.

Wleh’s replacement, Argentine Mauro Olivi, would have the best chance of the opening half when he beat two defenders, but his shot was denied by Ceres stopper Michael Casas.

In the second half, the visitors had an opportunity via the head of Jason Sabio, but his effort sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.

Selangor thought they had the winner towards the end of the encounter when Azrif Nasrulhaq found the back of the net, but he was ruled offside. Shortly after, Olivi struck a fantastic curling effort within inches of the par post.

Ceres went into full defence mode in the last 16 minutes to earn that valuable history-making point.