UAAP 82: UP grinds out 1-0 win vs. NU in Men’s Football

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 08, 2020 08:59 PM
UAAP 82: UP grinds out 1-0 win vs. NU in Men’s Football
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University of the Philippines dug deep to get its first win in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Football Tournament.

The Fighting Maroons emerged victorious with a 1-0 outcome against National University, Sunday at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

UP was dominant throughout the game and it took the Diliman school the 50th minute of the match to finally get what it deserved. Fighting Maroons forward Anton Guariña found himself through on goal and he performed a spectacular finish to draw first blood.

Guarina then had a big opportunity to double State U’s cushion but he failed to hit the target that time around. Arturo Alleje also had a chance to put the contest safely to bed as he was through on goal, only for NU goalkeeper Jhonrel Salintao to deny him with a fine stop.

“I thought first half we really executed well. We delivered on the gameplan. We created opportunities. We just didn’t finish,” said UP head coach Anto Gonzales.

Unfortunately, things then turned ugly in the contest between both teams. 

A small commotion broke out between the two camps and NU’s Elmer Sampaga was ejected for his role in the incident

The Fighting Maroons should have gained the lead within the first half but magnificent shot-stopping by but Salintao kept them at bay time and time again. The Bulldogs also had a goal ruled out late in the game due to a foul.

The result raises UP’s points tally to 4 while coach Dan Padernal’s NU has yet to make its mark this season.

“In the second half, we expect the boys to manage the games better. It also happened against Ateneo. We were already leading and then we lose steam for whatever reason. We start to get disorganized so it’s something we really need to work on,” added Gonzales.

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