Ate­neo makes men’s foot­ball fi­nals vs UP

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ATE­NEO de Manila won a penalty shootout over archri­val De La Salle, 5-4, on Thurs­day to ad­vance to the Sea­son 78 Uni­ver­sity Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines men’s foot­ball fi­nal at the Rizal Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Carlo Liay and goal­keeper JP Ora­cion were the big­gest Blue Ea­gles in the shootout af­ter the cru­cial Fi­nal Four duel ended in a 1-1 stand­off.

The Blue Ea­gles will face the Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Fight­ing Ma­roons in the fi­nal at 3 p.m. on Thurs­day, also at the Rizal Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Liay, a for­mer Rookie of the Year, gave Ate­neo the lead, 5-4, and Ora­cion, a sub­sti­tute late in ex­tra time, had a bril­liant save against Jose Mon­telibano, which sent the Green Archers pack­ing.

It will be the first Fi­nals meet­ing be­tween the two Katipunan ri­vals since the 2012-2013 sea­son, when the Blue Ea­gles swept the Fight­ing Ma­roons in two games—both de­cided on penal­ties.

“UP is or­ga­nized in de­fend­ing and at­tack­ing. We need to play our best on Thurs­day,” said Coach JP Merida, who was a part of the Ate­neo squad that booked a “three-peat” from 2004-2006.

The Blue Ea­gles are gun­ning for their sev­enth ti­tle, while the Ma­roons are seek­ing their 17th cham­pi­onship, their first since the 2011-12 sea­son.

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