SINGAPORE – The Philippines’ Global FC advanced to the semifinals of the Singapore Cup, following a scrambling 4-4 draw with DPMM Brunei Saturday night at Jalan Besar Stadium here.
The United Football League side, playing in the tournament for the first time, wasted a four-goal advantage in the second half of an absorbing contest, but managed to pull through, 5-4, on aggregate, counting its 1-0 in the first leg.
Carli de Murga recorded a first half hattrick, before Rufo Sanchez, who struck a late winner in the first leg, scored his second goal of the tie in the 55th minute to make it 4-0.
But DPMM rallied with four goals in the 30 minutes to put the game back on a knife-edge.
Global became the second Filipino club to reach semifinals of the tournament after Loyola Meralco pulled off the feat last year.
The Sparks will play Tanjong Pagar Sunday night in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie. Tanjong Pagar won the first leg, 2-1, Thursday night.