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Spanish import Rufo Sanchez drops four goals as Stallion destroys Air Force, 7-2

AKTV file photo/Isko Jose

AKTV file photo/Isko Jose

Spanish striker Rufo Sanchez fired four goals to propel Stallion Sta. Lucia to a 7-2 demolition of Philippine Air Force in United Football League action Thursday night at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill in Taguig.

Stallion dominated the match from start to finish, leaving no room for the struggling Air Force to at least keep pace in the match.

Sanchez opened the floodgates for Stallion, hitting a header at the 10th minute and scoring a breakaway goal at the 19th minute.

Korean import Lee Joo Young joined the fray with a shot at the 27th minute to give Stallion a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Veteran striker Ian Araneta gave some glimmer of hope for Air Force, nailing a penalty kick at the 34th minute to trim his team’s deficit to 3-1.

But Lee quickly shut the door down for Air Force as he buried his second goal of the match at the 42nd minute to lift Stallion to a 4-1 lead at halftime.

Sanchez bagged a hat trick to open the second half as he fired his third goal at the 56th minute.

The woes continued for Air Force shortly after giving up another Sanchez goal, with the Armed Forces squad being forcing to play with just 10 men after a red card to Joebel Bermejo at the 62nd minute.

Despite the hard hit, Sanchez quickly recovered and put up another incredible play, this time dishing an assist to fellow striker Ruben Doctora at the 60th minute.

Sanchez wasn’t finished yet, as he sank his fourth goal at the 64th minute to pad Stallion’s cushion to 7-1.

Araneta quickly countered with his second goal at the 72nd minute, but it was not enough to make up for Air Force’s dismal performance for the entire match.

Stallion extended its winning streak to five games to tie defending champion Global FC on top of the League table with 15 points.

Air Force, meanwhile, suffered its fourth straight loss of the season.

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