The Sparks Lost To The Sugbu Warriors
Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila - The top seed, FC Meralco Manila, lost to the Global Cebu F.C. (fourth seed) with an aggregate score of 3-2. A heartbreak loss for the Sparks as they fall short from the Sugbu Warriors in the semi-finals of the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League.
During the first leg of the semi-finals last December 2, 2017, Global Cebu F.C. won the game with a 2-1 lead. On the second leg (December 9, 2017), the Sparks led 1-0 during the halftime with an excellent goal from Curt Dizon in the 2nd minute of the game.
Global fought back hard in the second half and Rufino Sanchez scores a stunning goal in the 85th minute. The game ended 1-1 but with an aggregate score of 3-2. The Sugbu Warriors booked the first ticket to the PFL Championship.
In the other match of the PFL semi-finals which also happened last December 9, 2017, the Ceres-Negros F.C. defeated the Kaya F.C. Makati at the home court of the Ceres at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City. The Busmen book the second ticket to the PFL Championship shortly after denying the The Mighty Kaya to their appearance in the first PFL Championship. The roaring fans of the Busmen helped their team in performing better against their opponents.
The Global Cebu F.C. advances to the first-ever Philippines Football League Championship and will face the Ceres-Negros F.C. These two giant teams of Philippine football will clash on December 16, 2017 at Panaad Stadium. The Visayan Clasico is the most awaited game in the PFL by the football fans in the Philippines. Also, the battle for third place between F.C. Meralco Manila and Kaya F.C. Makati will also be held on December 16, 2017, but at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.