MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines (UP) tripped De La Salle University, 3-1, to grab the second semi-finals berth in the UAAP Season 76 men’s football tournament Sunday at the Far Eastern University (FEU)-Diliman pitch.
Fe Baya, Jinggoy Valmayor and Vincent Aguilar struck for the Fighting Maroons, who have collected 19 points for second place.
In another game, University of Santo Tomas (UST) dislodged University of the East (UE) at fourth with a 1-0 victory.
Jogi Celiz took advantage of the poor UE defense at the post and scored the marginal goal at the 73rd minute, giving the Growling Tigers the needed three points to boost their Final Four bid.
Over at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field at Ateneo, FEU downed National University, 4-2, to formally clinch the No. 1 seeding in the semi-finals with 27 points.
UST has 14 points, two points ahead of UE, which is now in fifth place with 12 points.
The Green Archers also have 14 points, but are still in third place by virtue of a higher goal-differential over the Tigers.
The Bulldogs are out of the Final Four race with only seven points to show.