Ateneo booters eye semis

FOILED the last time out, Ateneo shoots for the second Final Four berth as it tangles with University of the East today in the UAAP men's football tournament at the FEU-Diliman.

The Blue Eagles are on a  mission in the 9 a.m. match, as the Katipunan-based booters seek to avenge their season-opening 0-1 loss to the Red Warriors two months ago.

Defending champion University of the Philippines seeks to gain full points to bolster its chances of progressing to the next phase against early semifinalist Far Eastern University at 3 p.m.

Ateneo's march to the Final Four was derailed following last Thursday's 1-2 defeat to University of Santo Tomas.

With 23 points, the Eagles are one off the table-topping Tamaraws, as draw will be enough for them to make it to the Final Four.

The Fighting Maroons are level with the idle Growling Tigers in fourth place with 20 points, with coach Anto Gonzales' side having superior goal difference.

A win will allow UP to dislodge La Salle, which currently has 22 points, in fourth place, putting more pressure on UST.

The final elimination round matchday on Thursday will most likely determine the remaining Final Four qualifiers, as the Green Archers will take on FEU, the Maroons will play UE and the Tigers will go up against National University.