Global FC heralds UFL Cup return with rout of Pasargad
Hikaru Minegishi pulls his shirt over his face as he celebrates a Global FC goal during its match against Pasargad Saturday night in the United Football League. Jerome Ascano

GLOBAL FC is back.

The two-time United Football League champions reminded everyone by blanking Pasargad FC, 7-0, to jumpstart its UFL Cup campaign on Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Global marked its return after getting suspended in the middle of the Cup last season with a dominant showing from start to finish.

Omid Nazari made a rousing debut, firing a hat-trick to lead the onslaught that saw Hikaru Minegishi score brace and Izzo El-Habib and Dennis Villanueva add a goal each.

“We set our standards very, very high this season,” Global coach Leigh Manson said. “We need to use each game to sharpen our own game regardless of the opposition.”

Global wasted little to announce its return as El-Habbib opened the scoring three minutes into the match, before Minegishi scored his two goals and Nazari added one to give the squad a four-goal lead heading into intermission.

Global sustained the pace in the second half where the perennial title contender controlled possession as Pasargad hardly reach its own half.

In another Group B match earlier, Forza pounced on late own goal by Agila to hack out a 1-0 win.

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