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Manson braces for tough Global assignments at homestretch of UFL Cup elims

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Despite a relatively impressive showing in the first three matches of the UFL Cup, Global coach Leigh Manson expressed awareness of the toughness of his club's last two assignments.

"Against Loyola and Ceres we need to play better than we did [against Pasargad and Nomads]," the Scottish tactician said ahead of the said matches.

Global currently has six points on two wins all by lopsided shutouts and one loss entering Matchday 4 of the season-opening conference.

Global could have been 3-0-0 like Ceres in the Group B table had its 2-1 win over GAU at Matchday 2 not overturned due to a violation on the foreign player limit.

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Global will first take the acid test of Loyola in the main event of a Saturday triple-header at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Global and Loyola will battle each other at 8:30 p.m., right after two equally-compelling matches.

Ceres and Kaya will return from their AFC Cup stints in the said curtain-raisers against separate opponents.

The reigning league champion will clash with GAU at 4 p.m., while the defending cup winner will lock horns with JP Voltes at 6:30 p.m.

Ceres came from a breakthrough 2-2 draw against Selangor in Bacolod, while Kaya suffered a heartbreaking loss in Hong Kong against Kitchee in a match that was decided by a 69th minute penalty by Rufino Segovia.

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