JALAN BESAR STADIUM , Singapore 2016

FULL-TIME: Tampines Rovers 1-1 Ceres La Salle. (Hafiz Sujad 69′ | Adrian Gallardo 88′) #AFCCup2016

AFC Cup 2016 Group Stage

Team Lineups at Jalan Besar Stadium tonight – Tampines Rovers Football Club vs Ceres La Salle FC

Tampines Rovers XI: Izwan (GK), Ismadi, Noh, Afiq, Shakir; Yasir, Shahdan; Webb, Pennant, Hafiz; Mehmet

Ceres La Salle FC XI: Casas (GK), Son, Guirado, Beinvenido, Ott, Gallardo, Mulders, Steuble, Kim (C), Christiaens, Reichelt

FULL-TIME: Tampines Rovers 1-1 Ceres La Salle. (Hafiz Sujad 69′ | Adrian Gallardo 88′) #AFCCup2016

Attendance for today’s Match

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Singapore: Adrian Gallardo stuck with just two minutes remaining as Ceres La Salle of the Philippines snatched a 1-1 draw with Singapore’s Tampines Rovers in their AFC Cup on Tuesday at Jalan Besar Stadium.
Tampines went ahead after 69 minutes of the Group E encounter when Hafiz Sujad bundled home a Jordan Webb cross from close range.

But after Gallardo exploited the space gifted by the home defence to slot home the equaliser, both sides remain unbeaten at the midway point of the group stage.

“Our plan was to play defensivly and a draw was an achievement for us,” said Ceres coach Franklin Muescan.

“Gallardo is our key player who is capable of striking danger with his finishing inside the box.”

Countering the physical prowess of the Philippines league champions, Tampines fielded three centre-backs to stifle the threat and largely restricted chances from outside the penalty area.

In the first half littered with physical challenges and fouls, the hosts had a chance to take the lead in the 28th minute when Jermaine Pennant’s direct free-kick from 30 yards forced Ceres goalkeeper Louie Casas to dive low to keep it out.

Ceres striker Bienvenido Maraa came close before the break when he burst into the area from the left after he got past Ismadi Mukhtar, only for his final shot to hit the near side netting from close range.

But after a couple of close chances early in the second half, Tampines finally broke the deadlock in the 69th minute when Singapore international Hafiz slid home from close range a Webb cross.

Webb almost found his name on the scoresheet with 10 minutes remaining when his header from a Pennant cross was saved by Ceres goalkeeper Casas on the line.

The miss was to come back and haunt the tiring hosts as Gallardo found space and time to stab home a shot inside the area with the home defence rooted and unable to react.

“We should have defended better for that equalising goal,” said Tampines coach V. Sundramoorthy.

“I was about to bring in another defender, but the ball did not go out of play.

“It was disappointing to lose points at home when we could have wrapped up the game due to a lack of concentration.”


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