UAAP: Ateneo-La Salle showdown caps first round of men's football

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Posted at Mar 21 2019 05:45 AM

UAAP: Ateneo-La Salle showdown caps first round of men's football 1
Rupert Baña and the Ateneo Blue Eagles are set to take on rivals La Salle. Santino Honasan, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Fierce rivals Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University collide to cap the first round of the UAAP Season 81 men's football tournament on Thursday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

The Blue Eagles hope to sustain the momentum of their three-match winning streak in the 3 p.m. derby with the Green Archers.

Defending champion University of the Philippines (UP), currently level with Ateneo and idle University of Santo Tomas in second place with 10 points, takes on vastly improved Adamson University in the day's other fixture at 1 p.m.

Far Eastern University (FEU) topped the first round table with 15 points on four wins and three draws.

Victories by the Eagles and the Fighting Maroons will keep them within reach of the Tamaraws heading into the crucial second round.

The Blue Eagles managed just one point in their first three matches, but have gotten their rhythm since. They have scored 13 goals in their past 3 games, while goalkeeper AJ Arcilla has preserved a clean sheet.

Sitting outside the top four range with nine points, La Salle tries to rebound from last Sunday's 1-2 loss to FEU.

UP ended a three-match winless spell following a 2-1 victory over University of the East last Sunday.

The Maroons cannot take the Falcons for granted, as shown by the San Marcelino-based squad's fighting 1-1 stalemate with the Tamaraws last week.

Winless last year, Adamson has four points, all from draws.

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