IT wasn’t as high-scoring as expected, but Global FC did enough to get its title-retention bid going in the United Football League on Saturday.
The undermanned defending league champions scored a goal in each half to roll past Pachanga-Diliman, 2-0, on a drizzling Valentine’s night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Young Azkals defender Amani Aguinaldo and national teammate Satoshi Otomo were on target for Global, which registered in the win column after settling for a 1-1 draw against Green Archers United last week.
A power outage halted first-half play for 20 minutes, but that hardly mattered Global as Aguinaldo, the 19-year-old pride of Davao, found the back of the net just three minutes after the spotlights on one side of the venue went back on in the 35th minute.
Not even the absence of captain Misagh Bahadoran and injured Daisuke Sato could stop Global as the Filipino-Japanese Otomo put the exclamation point with a goal two minutes into second-half stoppage time.
Stand-in skipper Yu Hoshide nearly doubled the lead earlier only for his free kick to hit the crossbar late in the first half.
Pachanga also had chances, but all were denied by Roland Sadia, who started ahead of Azkals goalkeeper Patrick Deyto.