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Bacolod: FC Istiklol of Tajikistan will face the winners of JSW Bengaluru and 4.25 SC in the AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final after a 1-1 draw against Filipino side Ceres Negros completed a 5-1 victory on aggregate on Tuesday at Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium.

With a daunting 4-0 first leg deficit to overcome after the initial meeting between the sides last month, it was home side Ceres who opened the scoring in the 34th minute.

Spanish defender Manuel Herrera headed home from Manuel Ott's corner to give Ceres a glimmer of hope.

That hope was extinguished, however, when Dmitry Barkov’s superb volley drew the 2015 AFC Cup runners-up level just before half-time and all but ended the tie as a contest.

FC Istiklol’s night ended on a sour note though with defender Artem Baranovskyi shown a straight red card with 20 minutes remaining, meaning the Ukranian will miss the Inter-Zone final.

Photo: Lagardère Sports