UNION Internacionale Manila advanced to the quarterfinals of the United Football League Cup following a 4-1 victory over General Trias International at the start of the knockout stage on Tuesday night at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.
Shayan Jafari Dastjerdi registered a hat trick to lead the third-seeded squad made up of a mix of Europeans and Middle Easterners in eliminating the 14th-seeded Korean-laden side.
UIM now awaits the winner between sixth seed Ceres and 11th-ranked Agila.
Action quickly heated up in the second half after a scoreless and uneventful first half, with the Iranian Dastjerdi opening the scoring 10 minutes after intermission.
After he doubled the lead three minutes later, Song Woo of Gen. Trias struck in the 61st minute to close the gap.
Dastjerdi, though, retaliated in the 74th before Muhamed Hassan joined the scoring parade three minutes before stoppage time to put the outcome beyond doubt