UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: UST, DLSU split points after figuring in draw

Santino Honasan on Apr 08, 2018 06:08 PM
UAAP 80 Men’s Football: UST, DLSU split points after draw
UST and DLSU shared points after figuring in a thrilling 1-1 draw, Sunday afternoon

University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University wound up splitting points after battling to a 1-1 draw in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football Tournament, Sunday afternoon at the FEU Diliman Football Field.

Looking to create separation from the three-way tie with National University and University of the East, the Green Archers struck first, with Yoshi Koizumi getting his free kick to sneak past UST keeper Zaldy Abraham in the 42nd minute.

DLSU continued to control the pace of the match in the second half, but the Growling Tigers managed to pull even, courtesy of a header from skipper Ian De Castro coming off a Darwin Busmion free kick in the 62nd minute.

With a significant amount of time left to alter the result, both sides turned up the intensity and came close to breaking the deadlock.

DLSU’s closest chance to going ahead came from a Chris Lawless strike that hit the left post, while UST had a couple of close chances to steal the win at in injury time.

At the end of 90 minutes, the two sides settled for a 1-1 draw.

“At least we didn’t lose.” said DLSU head coach Hans-Peter Smit. “It’s UST, UE, NU, and us that are vying for the third and fourth. As long as [the team] continues playing like this, and not to let up, we still have a chance.”

UST head coach Marjo Allado also had the same sentiments after the thrilling draw.

“Better than sa matalo kami, kasi La Salle will take over pa eh. We have two remaining games and four teams have chances para sa top four.”

“We’re fighting for the third place kasi Ateneo and UP andun na. Better than na [natalo] kami.” Allado added.

As it stands, UST sits at solo third place with 19 points off five wins, four draws, and three losses.

DLSU sits at solo fourth with five wins, two draws, five losses, and 17 points.

NU and UE are tied for fifth with 16 points each, but NU has the edge on goal difference.

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