Philippine arts

Ateneo beats UP, wins UAAP football crown

Ateneo didn't need the 3rd game to beat UP and claim the UAAP men's football title

Photo by Kevin dela Cruz/RivalsPH

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Ateneo Blue Booters are the new UAAP champions.

Yu Murayama converted the game-clinching goal to lift Ateneo to a 4-2 (penalties) win over dethroned champion University of the Philippines in Game 2 of the 75th UAAP men’s football finals at Ateneo on Sunday, February 24.

Both squads failed to score in regulation and extra time for the second straight match but it was the Blue Booters who zoomed with an early 3-0 lead in the penalty shootout and never looked back.

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Eric Figueroa, Val Calvo and Mikko Mabanag each drilled in a goal as Ateneo went 3-0 before Jinggoy Valmayor stopped the bleeding for UP with a goal.

Fe Baya slotted another one for the Fighting Maroons before Muruyama sent the huge crowd into euphoria with his third goal of the finals.

The loss ended UP’s two-year reign as UAAP kings. – Rappler.com