• Franksson powers Laos past Nomads in UFL

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    Laos FC Striker Patrick Franksson firing a ball past Nomads FC’s Manuel Yuhico in the United Football League on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. PHOTO BY JAELLE NEVIN REYES

    Laos FC Striker Patrick Franksson firing a ball past Nomads FC’s Manuel Yuhico in the United Football League on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. PHOTO BY JAELLE NEVIN REYES

    Striker Patrick Franksson erupted for five goals to tow Laos FC to a commanding 8-3 victory over Nomads FC in the United Football League on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.

    After a three-game losing skid, Laos finally found its way back to the winning column and snatch its second win.

    It did not take long before Laos took control of the game as Franksson struck his opening goal just four minutes into the first half off a throw in.

    Nomads dictated the pace of the next few minutes but Laos was resilient with their counterattacks, which resulted in two quick shots from Franksson to extend the lead to 3-0.

    Proficient winger Aaron Altiche also made his presence felt on the pitch towards the end of the initial half as he found the back of the net twice in the 30th and 39th minute.

    The pesky Nomads retaliated on the other end before halftime as they successfully forced the Laos defense to concede a penalty in the 43rd minute.

    Ghanian forward Stephen Appiah took the shot from the spot but failed to convert as Laos goalkeeper Felipe Tripulca Jr stepped up to deny his attempt.

    However, Appiah managed to get one back for his squad with a shifty move to outsmart his defenders and take a shot on goal to cut the deficit down to just four goals, 5-1, at the break.

    When play resumed, Laos continued with fast-paced attacks and was rewarded with back-to-back conversions by Franksson and John Lloyd Bastasa in the 49th and 51st minutes.

    High-scoring Appiah scored two in a row to complete his hat trick for Nomads after notching goals in the 76th and 77th minutes to place his crew within four goals, 7-3.

    To cap off his impressive performance, Franksson took the final tally of the heated affair in the 89th minute.

    With the win, Laos improved its record to two wins and eight losses for six points while Nomads was handed its seventh defeat in nine games.

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