UNIVERSITY of the Philippines bolstered its semifinals bid with a 1-0 win over University of the East in the UAAP Season 78 men's football tournament on Thursday at the Moro Lorenzo Field.
Niño Muros found the back of the net in the 24th minute as UP leveled with idle University of Santo Tomas with 18 points.
"We started out flat. UE was so aggressive, that could be a factor," said coach Anto Gonzales, whose Maroons went down to 10 men in the 80th as rookie JB Borlongan was dismissed for a second yellow on his challenge on Louie Polinag.
The Warriors also went one player down eight minutes later after JRV Malayo also received his second yellow on his challenge on Vincent Aguilar.
UE suffered its eighth loss against a draw to remain at the bottom of the table with one point.