Matchday Six - Group G: Bali United FC 1-3 Global Cebu FC
Bali: Two first-half strikes from Rufo Sánchez helped Global Cebu beat Bali United 3-1 on Matchday Six action in Group G of the 2018 AFC Cup on Wednesday.
The Spaniard got the away side off to the perfect start after two minutes at the Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium, firing home a header into the bottom right hand corner from close range that gave Bali United goalkeeper Dicky Indrayana no chance.
After 33 minutes, Global doubled their lead through a Paul Mulders wonder strike. The Filipino national intercepted the ball in central midfield and unleashed a stinging strike from well outside the box that landed in the bottom corner of the goal to silence the healthy home crowd.
A first half of Global dominance was capped off through Rufo Sánchez once more, who made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage time, leaving Bali United with it all to do going into the second 45.
In what was a quieter second half, Nick van der Velden pulled one back for the home team on 71 minutes to give his side some hope but it proved to be merely a consolation as the side from the Philippines ran out comfortable winners in the end.
The result sees Global Cebu move to eight points and into second in the group but results in earlier matchdays of Group G meant that neither side were able to progress to the Zonal Semi-finals of this year’s competition.