AFC Cup 2019: 5 Talking Points as Ceres Negros make a brilliant comeback to win 3-2 against Persija Jakarta

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One of the best matches of the AFC Cup 2019 so far, Persija Jakarta vs Ceres Negros was an absolute thriller as the visitors came from two goals down to win 3-2.

Here are five talking points from the encounter.

#1 Persija start brightly

The home side were buoyed on by their home fans at the Gelora Bung Karno and came on with a clear plan of scoring an early goal against Ceres. They even came close in the third minute but Ceres somehow managed to hold their lines.

Persija were soon rewarded for that early pressure with a penalty which brings us to our second talking point of the match.

#2 Bruno Matos’s penalty miss the difference

Sandy Sute was brought down in the box close to the 20th minute mark and Matos stepped up to give the home side a deserved lead.

However, one of the most important Persija players, Matos failed to convert the spot kick. His shot didn’t have enough power and it was a straightforward save for Muller.

#3 A whirlwind start to the second half

Persija returned in the second half with a clear picture of what they need to do in the second half to stand a chance against the impressive Ceres side. And the players responded brilliantly.

Within four minutes, Sandy Sute gave the hosts lead by heading home a free-kick. And eight minutes later, it was Matos, who redeemed his penalty miss by scoring the home side’s second.

#4 Ceres up the ante and are rewarded for it

The visitors knew they had to give their everything in the last 30 minutes of the match, and they did. After forcing Persija shot-stopper into a fine double save, Ceres got one back through Miguel Tanton.

Though that was a lucky goal, that was all the team from Philippines needed. Bienvenido Maranon then completed the comeback with an 85th-minute strike. But the visitors wanted more!

#5 Persija defence switches off and Ceres capitalise

With the match entering the injury time, the Persija defenders took a draw for granted. And they ultimately paid for the defensive lapse.

As Schrock played in a cross for Mike Ott to deflect in, none of the home defenders seemed to keep a check on him. Ott was successful in putting the ball into the net and Ceres maintained their 100% record in the AFC Cup.