UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: DLSU jumps to third place after edging out FEU in heated match

Santino Honasan on Mar 18, 2018 07:46 PM
UAAP 80 Men’s Football: DLSU edges out FEU in heated match
DLSU celebrates after scoring a goal against FEU

For the second time in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament, De La Salle University got the better of Far Eastern University after scoring a 1-0 win, Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

In their first round encounter, DLSU came back from a goal down to win 3-1.

This time around, the match wasn’t as high-scoring, but the action was definitely more intense.

A tightly-contested match for all of the ninety minutes, tempers began to flare late, and with both sides still yet to score any goals, the physicality of the match began to take over.

It wasn’t until the 89th minute that the score was altered, as DLSU took the lead, courtesy of a Jeremiah Bernaldez conversion.

The action was far from over though, as in the succeeding play, midfielder Arnel Amita got booked for a red card and was sent off after committing a hard foul.

DLSU players, coaches, and fans were not happy with Amita’s foul, which led to a number of shouting matches between the two benches.

Fortunately, the matter didn’t escalate any further as DLSU held on for the 1-0 win.

“FEU, no matter what, they’re always a formidable team. [DLSU] never let up, so it’s a good sign, hopefully it brings up all the way to the next games.” said DLSU head coach Hans-Peter Smit.

Smit also had high praise for defender and team captain Noel Brago and keeper Paeng De Guzman, who both were key in keeping FEU scoreless in the match.

“Noel is a very big part of the defense, and Paeng of course. It’s both their last seasons, hopefully they continue with their stand up games.”

As for the tense moments during the final moments of the match, Smit, who played peacemaker and helped diffuse the situation by separating his coaches from the opposing coaches, offered his thoughts about rather heated ending, as well as the red card booked on Amita.

“It happens, he’s been doing that ever since. No matter what, these are kids. FEU’s been on top for so long, now that they…it’s frustrating, of course. It’s part of the game, tempers will flare up, they held back, they had their chances, they flubbed their chances, that adds up more to the frustration. I understand that.”

With the win, DLSU overtakes UST for the third spot in the tournament as they improve to 15 points on five wins, one draw, and four losses.

FEU on the other hand, remains at nine points off two wins, two three draws, and five losses.

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