GLOBAL drew a big offensive performance from its most prized acquisition as it overwhelmed Philippine Navy, 8-0, on Thursday night at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill to advance to the quarterfinals of the United Football League Cup.
Mark Hartmann, the former Loyola Meralco Spark, registered his first hat-trick for his new team, leading six players in the scoring column for second-seeded Global, which hardly broke a sweat in pulling off the victory.
“I hope it’s the first of many (hat-tricks),” said Hartmann, who scored a first-half brace before adding another goal later in the game. “It’s good to score goals, but as long as we get the win, I’m okay.”
Global thus set up an expected humdinger of a match in the round-of-8 against top seed Loyola Meralco, Hartmann’s former team.
The meeting between the heavyweights is the result of the league’s last-minute decision to revert to its original format in the knockout stage.
“It would’ve been better to have a Meralco-Global final, but one of us is going to get knocked out,” said Hartmann, the Under-23 team skipper.
“We’ve got what we’ve got. We just have to prepare properly,” Global coach Brian Reid said. “It should be a decent game.”
Jeffrey Christiaens seemed hardly affected from a recent hamstring injury as he jumpstarted Global’s scoring party five minutes into the game with a conversion off an Angel Guirado cross.
Hartmann then scored two quick goals four minutes apart starting in the 12th, before Izzo El-Habbib contributed one off the rebound in the 32nd as Global entered the half with a 4-0 lead.
The former Cup and League champions replicated their scoring effort in the second, with Jason de Jong, Aaron Altiche, and Guirado finding the back of the net.