UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: UP, Ateneo battle for the top seed
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 18, 2018 04:41 PM
UP and Ateneo battle for the top spot in the UAAP Season 80 Men's Football Standings as the elimination round comes to a close
Univerisity of the Philippines and defending champion Ateneo clash for the top ranking in the final eliminations matchday of the UAAP Season 80 men's football tournament, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Kick-off is at 4:00 PM.
The table-topping Fighting Maroons and the Blue Eagles are separated each other by two points, as the two Katipunan sides could cross paths in the one-game Final in two weeks time if things go their way in the Final Four.
A favorable result - win or a draw - will pit UP (33 points) against No. 4 De La Salle in the one-miss-you-diesemifinals, while Ateneo (31 points) will settle for third-ranked University of Santo Tomas in the other pairing.
The Blue Eagles will get the Green Archers in the knockout semis if they get three points and clinch the number one ranking, relegating the Maroons to second and a showdown with the Growling Tigers.
UST finished the eliminations in third place with 25 points, five off fourth-ranking De La Salle.
Reigning MVP Jarvey Gayoso, whose tournament-best 15 goals is one shy of matching the league record of 16 set by Far Eastern University's Eric Giganto in the 2014-15 season, will lead Ateneo's charge.
King Miyagi will sit out due to yellow card accumulation, but coach Anto Gonzales has a lot of weapons on its disposal with JB Borlongan and UP's rookie sensation Fidel Tacardon.
The Maroons are still undefeated with 10 wins and three draws.
FEU and winless Adamson University wrap up their season in the first match at 2:00 PM.
The exciting UAAP Season 80 Men's Football action can be seen LIVE starting at 2:00 PM on S+A channel 23, S+A HD channel 166, LIGA channel 86 on SkyCable, LIGA HD channel 183 on SkyCable and via livestream.