MANILA – Jacob Liao netted a brace to power the Ateneo Blue Eagles to a 4-1 romp over Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 81 men's football tournament on Thursday afternoon at the FEU-Diliman pitch.
Kim Minsu broke the ice for Tamaraws in the 11th minute, but the Blue Eagles equalized 17 minutes later courtesy of a Liao header off an Iñigo Herrera corner.
Rupert Baña then nailed his sixth goal of the season in the 38th minute off a counter-attack to put Ateneo ahead.
Liao doubled his production with a 73rd minute header before Jarvey Gayoso put the result beyond doubt with a goal four minutes later.
Earlier, John Abraham produced the late winner as defending champion University of the Philippines avenged its first-round loss to Adamson University with a 2-1 win, while National University and University of the East battled to a scoreless stalemate.
The match was on its way to a draw until JB Borlongan made things happen with a superb set piece that led to Abraham's fantastic header.
A goalmouth scramble led Jesus Cadayong to open the scoring for Adamson University in the 49th minute.
But UP was able to level in the 81st minute, as Dane Saavedra found King Miyagi open for the equalizing header.
The Tamaraws remained on top of the table with 15 points, but are only two clear of the now second-running Eagles.
The Fighting Maroons now have 10 points to level with the Bulldogs in fifth place, while the Falcons remained at eight points and are now tied with the Red Warriors in seventh spot.
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