• Ceres La Salle crushes struggling Laos in UFL

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    Ceres La Salle FC’s striker Adrian Gallardo Valdes of Spain (No.9) penetrates through the defense of Laos FC in the United Football League on Wednesday.  UFL Media photo

    Ceres La Salle FC’s striker Adrian Gallardo Valdes of Spain (No.9) penetrates through the defense of Laos FC in the United Football League on Wednesday. UFL Media photo

    Ceres-La Salle FC routed Laos FC, 8-0, on Wednesday in the 2016 United Football League (UFL) at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Malate, Manila.

    Oladipo Babsola Okunaiya drew the first blood for Ceres-La Salle after converting a goal from Adrian Gallardo Valdez’s assist in the 15th minute.

    Stephan Markus Schrock sent the ball to the net via a header, coming from Gallardo Valdez’s cross in the 27th-minute mark for Ceres’ second goal. Nine minutes later, Gallardo Valdez found his opportunity and added another goal.

    In the 43rd minute, Jeffrey Christiaens escaped his defenders and scored a goal. Another goal courtesy of Valdez extended Ceres-La Salle’s lead to 5-0 a minute before halftime.

    The booters of Laos FC failed to solve the puzzle of Ceres-La Salle as Patrick James Franksson did not penetrate Ceres’ defense.

    Four minutes after he entered the pitch as substitute for Martin Steuble, Nathaniel Burkey broke the second half silence by scoring a goal in the 80th minute, 6-0.

    Schrock inflicted more damage to Laos FC by marking his second goal before completing his hat trick in the last minute of the match for Ceres’ eighth goal.

    Ceres-La Salle FC dominated Laos FC in ball possession, 61 percent to 39 percent. They also tallied 17 shots on target compared to Laos FC’s one.

    “You cannot talk about football in this kind of game, 8-0 result. There is no game because the game does not exist, so for coaches, what can I tell you?” said Ceres-La Salle head coach Risto Vidakovic. “They cannot grow up in this game, they do nothing. This game is done for nothing. So it’s just like the training. But maybe what we had in the training is much better because there is more competition.”

    Ceres-La Salle FC is currently No.2 with a 12-2-3 win-draw-loss record, while Laos FC with 2-1-14 is No.10.

    “Last week, we played against a serious team. I think we need more games like that. So for the players’ long period here, they played some one hard game, one game that doesn’t exist and the next, we have to wait for next competitive game in maybe one month,” Vidakovic said.

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