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Cebu, United Clark battle to controversial draw

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Controversy rocked the PFL second-round meeting between Dynamic Herb Cebu and United Clark as both sides ended in a 3-3 draw on Saturday at the Dynamic Herb Sports Stadium in Talisay City, Cebu.

Cebu was on the verge of completing a comeback from 0-2 down as Mert Altinoz scored the go-ahead goal for the home side in the 67th minute with Anthony Pinthus just sitting down at the edge of the box apparently hurt.

The goal did not sit well with the United Clark players as they thought Altinoz should have done a fair play move to give Pinthus time to recover.

After a lengthy discussion, referee Mick John Pineda ruled that a fair play goal should be given to United Clark, and Mark Hartmann scored the said goal in the 78th minute to level things up anew.

Hartmann actually had a chance to grab all three points on the road late into the 10-minute stoppage time with a free kick from just outside the edge of the box, but Jack Zambrano made an emphatic save to keep the scoreline as is.

Ricki Sendra sizzled right at the get-go, scoring a brace in the third and the fourth minutes.

However, Marius Kore struck one back for Cebu in the 12th minute before JB Borlongan, the hero in their first-round clash at the Rizal Memorial Stadium here which also ended in a stalemate, completely canceled Sendra's early brace with the 22nd-minute equalizer.

With the result, Cebu remains on top of the PFL table with 21 points, while United Clark is still in second with 20.

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