ATENEO and University of the Philippines split points following a 1-1 stalemate in their Katipunan derby UAAP Season 81 men’s football tournament Sunday at the FEU-Diliman pitch.
King Miyagi’s fifth minute goal opened the scoring for the Fighting Maroons before Rupert Baña, courtesy of a Mark Nacional assist, found the back of the net four minutes later for the Blue Eagles to level.
Jermi Darapan’s 79th minute strike allowed Far Eastern University to dislodge Ateneo on top of the table with a 1-0 win over University of the East, and later became the first team to enter the Final Four following also-ran Adamson University’s 1-0 stunner over University of Santo Tomas.
The Tamaraws moved up at 24 points, one off the Eagles who fell in second place with 23 points.
UP, for its part, now has 20 points in third place.
Ry Poncardas scored off a goal mouth scramble in the 64th minute which turned out to be the winning moment for the Falcons.
The Growling Tigers are still at 17 points with the loss. UST is two off fourth-running De La Salle, which has 19, in the race for the last Final Four slot with both teams having two matches at hand to end their elimination round stint.
Still at eight points, UE joined Adamson University (11) and National University (10) in the sidelines.