UNIVERSITY of the Philippines closed in on the semifinals with a with a 1-0 squeaker over 10-man National University on Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 men’s football tournament at the McKinley Hill Stadium.
Daniel Gadia’s 77th minute penalty kick from a handball by Bulldogs defender Eddie Alivio, who was eventually sent off, gave the Fighting Maroons the top spot with 27 points.
Meanwhile, rookie Jarvey Gayoso scored in the 80th minute as Ateneo nipped defending champion Far Eastern University, 1-0.
Ateneo climbed to fourth place with 21 points, getting past University of Santo Tomas, which was held to a 1-1 draw by Adamson on Saturday.
It was the second straight match that the Tamaraws, who are now in second place with 24 points, failed to score a goal. FEU, which went on a six-match winning streak before its recent struggles, battled to a scoreless draw with NU on Thursday.
La Salle downed University of the East, 2-0, to seize solo third place with 23 points. The Growling Tigers have 19 points, putting a dent on their semifinals aspirations, while the Bulldogs remained in sixth with 16.
In women’s play, early finalist La Salle’s bid for a perfect elimination round campaign was foiled by UP, which forced a 2-2 draw. The league-leading Lady Archers now have 16 points.
FEU and UST battled to a goalless draw to share points. The Lady Tamaraws remained in third spot with eight points, one clear of the fourth-running Tigresses.