GLOBAL is looking to set aside its recent letdown in Cebu as it plunges back to action in the United Football League on Tuesday, facing a dangerous Pachanga-Diliman side at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Coming off a heartbreaking stint in the Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup in the Queen City of the South, the reigning UFL champions return to their mother league and hope to continue their success, starting with their 5:15 p.m. match against the 2012 Division 2 champions.
Reclaiming second spot from Loyola Meralco however, is easier said than done for Global, which will be facing a Pachanga side that has been making noise in its maiden top-flight campaign, having won its last two games.
Playing in its first televised game in a long while, Pachanga hopes to strengthen its hold of fourth spot and inch closer to the leaders. The squad, composed partly of University of the Philippines alumni, is currently nine points behind Global, which has 31 points under its belt.
The Sparks hope to keep their hold on second spot when they take on a stumbling Kaya side earlier at 5:15 p.m.
The Sparks turned back PSG, 4-2, after bucking a shaky first half last Thursday, while fifth-running Kaya lost to Stallions, 2-3, in its last game after settling for draws in the previous three matches.
And Sparks coach Vince Santos hopes to have a strong start this time against last year’s league runner-up.
“Hopefully we start better,” Santos said. “Kaya is a tough team even though they’re down there. You can’t really count them out. I think they’re gonna give us resistance so hopefully we get to control the game early and no defensive lapses.”