Ceres Negros FC and Global Cebu FC figure in a titanic clash for the inaugural Philippines Football League (PFL) championship today at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Yellow Busmen and the People’s Club battle for supremacy in the first domestic league finals at 6 p.m.
Also at stake in the biggest edition of the two teams’ rivalry tagged as the Visayas Clasico is a preliminary round slot in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League.
Ceres Negros raced to the championship round after turning back Kaya FC-Makati in the Finals Series, 3-1 on aggregate.
Stephan Shrock buried the match-winner in the stoppage time of the first leg at the University of Makati Football Stadium before Bienvenido Marañon and Iain Ramsay sealed the finals seat for the Busmen at their home pitch.
Global Cebu, on the other hand, pulled off a 3-2 aggregate win over top seed FC Meralco Manila in their semifinals tussle, which had both legs held at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Hikaru Minegishi and Wesley Dos Santos delivered the late goals for a 2-1 win in the first leg while Rufo Sanchez struck the tie-clinching goal to complete their come-from-behind victory.
The two powerhouse Visayan squads are even in their encounters this season.
Ceres drew first blood at Panaad with a lone goal from Jeffrey Christiaens but Global avenged its loss on its home ground at the Cebu City Sports Center with a goal by Matthew Hartmann.
The Negrenses notched a 1-0 win anew before the Cebuanos tied their head-to-head results with a 2-0 victory.
The bitter rivals have already met twice in the finals of two competitions in the now-defunct United Football League (UFL).
Ceres-La Salle FC copped the UFL FA League Cup 2014 with a 1-0 scoreline while Global FC seized the UFL Cup 2016 with a 3-1 win.