UNIVERSITY of the Philippines got into the winning column after blasting University of the East, 4-0, in the UAAP Season 79 men’s football tournament on Thursday at the Moro Lorenzo Field in Quezon City.
After a goal-less draw in its opener against La Salle, the defending champions capitalized on plenty of scoring chances to improve to solo second with four points.
But despite the dominant win, UP coach Anto Gonzales was left unimpressed.
"Our goals were giveaways. They weren't really created. A big scoreline but we weren't really [satisfied] with how we played today," said Gonzales.
"We can't be happy with how we performed. Not a smart performance. We worked very hard yes, but it was an unintellectual performance," he added.
A handball infraction inside the box by the Warriors' Mason Vergara opened the floodgates for the Fighting Maroons as it resulted to a Daniel Saavedra penalty.
The forward calmly sank the penalty in the 32nd minute and it didn't take long for the champs to double that lead as Sebastian Patangan nailed a screamer from the top of the box in the 37th minute.
Striker Kintaro Miyagi put the game nearly out of reach just a minute before interval, scoring off a Daniel Gadia cross as the Maroons took a 3-0 lead at the break.
Miyagi then turned from scorer to provider in the second half as he assisted on rookie Ray Sanciangco's first UAAP goal in the 61st minute.
The lead would have been so much bigger had it not for the fine goalkeeping of Frank Rieza. Rieza denied Saavedra's second penalty in the 48th minute and made some great saves late, which went for naught.