Global, Mer­alco bat­tle to draw

The Freeman - - SPORTS - Cae­cent No-ot Mag­sum­bol

Global Cebu FC and FC Mer­alco Manila set­tled for a score­less draw in the Philip­pine Foot­ball League last night at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter.

Global re­mained at the se­cond place with an im­proved stand­ing of 34 points, while Mer­alco strengthen its hold at the top spot with 41 points.

Both squads went ag­gres­sive early that re­sulted into a phys­i­cal game.

Want­ing to fi­nally edge Global, Si­mon Greatwich and Mi­lan Nikolic of FC Mer­alco were both slapped with a yel­low card af­ter fail­ing to con­trol their tem­per.

This is the third time for the two teams to meet with Global win­ning the first fol­lowed by a draw in their se­cond en­counter.

Mer­alco had sev­eral at­tempts but Global’s trusted goal keeper Pa­trick Deyto made sure not to spoil the Ce­buano fans night as he de­flected all of their op­po­nents’ at­tacks.

Mer­alco con­tin­ued to push the pace while Rufino Sanchez had a cou­ple of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties to score. Even with a three minute added time, no scores were made by both squads.

De­spite the re­sult, the home team did not dis­ap­point their fans as they stood their ground and avoid a de­feat.

KRIS­TINE JOYCE CAMPAÑA

Global Cebu FC and FC Mer­alco Manila boot­ers bat­tle for the ball dur­ing their game in the Philip­pine Foot­ball League yes­ter­day at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter.

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