UAAP 77 Men's Football: Zubiri lifts DLSU past UST anew; Ateneo tops UE
Santino Honasan on Jan 29, 2015 05:43 PM
Christian Zubiri makes UST pay once again, leading DLSU to a 1-0 win.
It seems as though De La Salle University's Christian Zubiri has University of Santo Tomas' number as he once again led the Green Archers to a 1-0 victory in their second round meeting last Thursday at the FEU-Diliman Football Field.
This time however, Zubiri's game-winning goal came after only ten minutes of action in the first half thanks to a well-timed header. The goal came after DLSU was reduce to ten men early, due to a straight red card given to Jhoguev Ybanez in just the fifth minute. The Green Archers also were able to display effective defense as they managed to hold league leading scorer and UST's main offensive threat Steven Anotado scoreless within the 90 minutes of regulation. In the final minutes of the match, the Archers had several opportunities to add to their lead, but Thomasian keeper John Rey Catalino managed to prevent any more conversions.
ABS-CBN Sports caught up with Zubiri after the match to talk about his game-winners against UST. "It was the same way we scored against them during the last meeting, we practiced it in training. We were down to one man from the fifth minute, so everyone had to step up and give our everything in this game."
Midway through the first half, Zubiri landed awkwardly on his ankle and was visibly in pain. He tried to power through, but eventually had to be subbed out. He says that it's swollen, but is hopeful to be available for their matchup against Ateneo on Sunday.
DLSU remains unbeaten and moves into first place with five wins and four draws for 19 points, while UST drops to three wins and six losses for nine points.
In the first match of the afternoon, Ateneo de Manila earned their fifth win of the year with a 1-0 victory over University of the East.
Team captain Mikko Mabanag gave the Blue Eagles the advantage in the 19th minute, finding the back of the net with a laser-like shot from outside the penalty area. In the second half, Ateneo looked to add to their lead, but UE keeper Lendon Clores upped his efforts on defense. Jo Mallen had a few opportunites to pull one back for thr Red Warriors, but to no avail.
The Blue Eagles move to second place with five wins, three draws and one loss for 18 points, while UE drops to one win, one draw, and six losses with four points.