Standings: FEU 12 pts., UST 10, DLSU 9, Ateneo 7, UP 7, UE 7, NU 5, AdU 4.
MANILA, Philippines – Defending champion University of the Philippines (UP) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) shared the spoils after a rematch of last year's finals, while Adamson University also held Far Eastern University (FEU) to a draw in the UAAP Season 81 men's football tournament.
The Fighting Maroons and the Growling Tigers battled to a 1-1 stalemate.
From a bad Tigers clearance, the Maroons opened the scoring courtesy of Dane Saavedra in the 50th minute.
Substitute Steven Anotado then tallied his fourth goal for the season off an AJ Pasion assist in the 54th minute for UST to level.
The Tigers tried to go for a winning moment late in the match behind the team's leading goalscorers Anotado and Conrado Dimacali, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Carl Viray produced two key saves in stoppage time to help the Falcons preserve a 1-1 standoff with the Tamaraws.
Gio Pabualan netted his third goal of the season in the 61st minute to put FEU ahead, celebrating the strike after with a selfie with his two other teammates in the sidelines.
But their celebration was short-lived, as the Falcons equalized courtesy of Kim Bardaje's header three minutes later.
The Tamaraws tried to deliver a late game magic but Pabualan's 89th minute strike was declared an off-side, while Viray was a force to reckon in the post.
The first team to wrap up its first round campaign, UST seized solo second with 10 points, two behind table-topping FEU, while the draw ended UP's two-match losing skid, moving up to seven points.
In the morning match, Ivan Ouano scored twice as National University (NU) earned its first full points of the season with a 2-0 victory over University of the East (UE).
Following a goalless first half, Ouano struck in the 47th minute to open the scoring the Bulldogs.
Ouano then scored his league-best fifth goal with only two minutes before fulltime, allowing NU to improve at five points, one clear of Adamson.
UE remained at seven points to level with UP and Ateneo de Manila University.
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