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    Ceres-La Salle, Global FC score contrasting wins to complete UFL Cup semis cast

    Apr 4, 2016
    Nate Burkey and the Ceres squad score an easy victory to reach the Round of four. Jaime Campos

    CERES-La Salle and Global FC registered contrasting victories on Sunday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium to advance to the United Football League Cup semifinals on Wednesday.

    Ceres cruised past Forza, 7-0, after a 10-man Global outlasted JP Voltes, 1-0, to complete the semifinal cast in the season-opening tournament.

    Ceres, the reigning league titlist, set up a Final Four date with defending champion Kaya FC in a faceoff between the Philippine representatives in the AFC Cup.

    Global, on the other hand, takes on Stallion FC in a match featuring former league champions.

    For a while, though, Global’s chances of reaching the semis looked bleak as it found the Japanese-loaded Voltes a tough nut to crack. Worse, Filipino-Iranian standout Omid Nazari was sent off six minutes before first-half stoppage time after picking up a second yellow card.

    But Global finally unlocked the Voltes defense in the 57th courtesy of an Ivorian striker Arthur Kouassi, who struck just a minute after replacing Izzo El-Habbib, before the squad held the fort to preserve the win.

    Ceres, on the other hand, hardly broke a sweat as the Busmen built a four-goal lead in the first half before sustaining the onslaught after intermission against Forza.

    Bien Marañon fired a brace, while Jeff Christiaens, Nate Burkey, Adrian Gallardo, Jalsor Soriano, and Jayson Panhay added a goal apiece for the Bacolod-based side.

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    Nate Burkey and the Ceres squad score an easy victory to reach the Round of four. Jaime Campos
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