UAAP Season 80 Menís Football: Ateneo out for revenge against UST
Santino Honasan on Mar 17, 2018 06:56 PM
The last time that Ateneo and UST met, the Growling Tigers came away victorious. Can Ateneo gain a measure of revenge?
MATCHES on SUNDAY, MARCH 18 (Rizal Memorial Football Stadium)
8:00 AM - UP vs. NU (Men’s)
3:00 PM - Ateneo vs. UST (Men’s)
5:00 PM - DLSU vs. FEU (Men’s)
Defending champions Ateneo de Manila University will have revenge on their minds when they meet one of only two teams to beat them this season, University of Santo Tomas, when the second round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament rolls on this Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
When Ateneo and UST first met this season back in mid-February, it was a late second-half goal from striker Steven Anotado that proved to be the difference, as the Tigers came away with a thrilling 1-0 win to hand the Blue Eagles their second loss of the season.
The Blue Eagles haven’t lost since then, and are coming off a four-goal destruction of Adamson University last Thursday. With a chance to seize first place always in reach, Ateneo tries to record their eighth win of the season.
Things haven’t been as smooth-sailing for the Growling Tigers on the other hand, as they’ve been on a bit of a skid, going winless in their last three matches, with two draws and a loss. Their most recent outing however, a thrilling 2-2 draw against FEU, could be a source of motivation to get the Tigers back on track.
Ateneo’s first round tormentor Anotado won’t be suiting up for UST, as he’ll be serving the second game of a two-game suspension after picking up a straight red card in their match against University of the Philippines a week ago.
Ateneo and UST kick off at 3:00 PM.
Later that afternoon, a couple of teams fighting for post-season spots lock horns, as De La Salle University meets Far Eastern University.
After a losing skid to end the first round, DLSU seems to have gotten their groove back after a win over struggling Adamson and a draw over rivals Ateneo just last week. Currently tied with National University with thirteen points each, a win for the Green Archers and an NU loss could help them seal solo fourth place.
Following last Thursday’s heartbreaking draw to UST, the Season 79 runners-up Tamaraws find themselves at nine points, four behind DLSU and NU. Rejuvenated with the return of midfielder Arnel Amita, FEU is primed to make a run in the second round, and a win over DLSU definitely reduces the gap between them and a Final Four spot.
In their first round meeting, DLSU defeated FEU, 3-1.
DLSU and FEU kick off at 5:00 PM.
Kicking things off on this football-filled Sunday is a showdown between league-leading University of the Philippines and National University.
The only team yet to absorb a loss in Season 80, the Fighting Maroons could clinch a final four spot for the eighth-straight year.
NU on the other hand, is still very much in the mix for a spot in the final four, a would-be first in program history. But before any thoughts of making history, the Bulldogs will need to take care of business against UP, as well as their remaining assignments.
In their first round encounter, UP defeated NU, 2-0.
UP and NU kick off at 8:00 AM.