GLOBAL FC built enough cushion to alleviate the effects of a late-game collapse against DPMM and advance to the semifinals of the Singapore Cup on Saturday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Thanks to their 1-0 win in the first leg of the quarterfinals Wednesday, the Filipino booters could afford to settle for a 4-4 draw to edge out their counterparts from Brunei on aggregate.
Global, though, could be without standout midfielder Paul Mulders in the Final Four as he was booked for a yellow card, his second in the two-legged affair.
The possibility of an all-Filipino side semifinals looms if Global's fellow United Football League side Loyola Meralco slips past Tanjong Pagar United in their own quarterfinal pairing.
The Sparks are currently down, 2-1, on aggregate.
Carli de Murga shone brightest for Global, scoring a hat-trick and assisting on the team's fourth straight goal courtesy of on-loan Rufo Sanchez, who scored the winner in the first leg.
Complacency, however, seemed to haunt Global after building a huge cushion as it allowed DPMM to make a comeback.
Arturas Rimkevicius led the fightback with two goals, with the other two from Tales dos Santos and Joao Moreira, respectively.
The sending off of DPMM skipper Rosmin Kamis four minutes before stoppage time, though, did not contribute to the team's cause.