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Bittersweet win for Global

Games Today
(Rizal Memorial Stadium)
7:30 a.m. – Agila vs Pasargad
2 p.m. – Ceres vs Nomads
4 p.m. – Loyola vs Global

Global was both a winner and a loser on Thursday after beating JP Voltes, 4-0, to grab the solo lead in the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The UFL Cup champion shook off a scoreless tie at halftime to post its third win of the league season, only to see the good vibes disappear in a jiffy when players and officials found out their valuables were stolen by unknown robbers inside the dressing room.

Global owner Dan Palami said 11 players had their phones stolen while a team staff lost valuable items, including his passport.

The incident dampened what an impressive second half by Global, with Japanese midfielder Hikaru Minegishi netting a hat trick in the 59th, 62nd and 66th minutes.

Arthur Kouassi’s goal inside the second half stoppage time secured Global’s hold of the lead with nine points entering today’s 4 p.m. match with the unbeaten Loyola Meralco Sparks.

Loyola won its first two matches after stunning Ceres-La Salle, 3-2, in the league opener and beating Stallion, 3-1, last Sunday.

Ceres, on the other hand, resume its campaign on the domestic front expected to run roughshod over Nomads at 2 p.m. The Busmen are coming off a 5-0 win over Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi last Tuesday that gave them the top spot in Group F of the AFC Cup.

Agila and Pasargad meet in a rare morning game at 7:30 a.m. to open the tripleheader.