By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Reporting from the Jalan Besar Stadium
Although they were arguably the dominant side for most of the 90 minutes, it looked as though the United Football League giants were going to have to settle for a draw as they failed to find a way to goal.
However, in the fifth minute of added time, Sanchez, who's on a month-long loan from Stallion, met Jeffrey Christiaens' lovely delivery and sent a deft header into the back of the net to win it for his side.
The result was no less than Global deserved, but it certainly did not look like that early on as their Bruneian opponents raced off the blocks from the opening whistle.
Yet, although it was DPMM who enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, they were unable to carve out a real chance to show for their early dominance.
Instead, it was the Philippine outfit who created the first opportunity in the 18th minute, Joshua Beloya curling in a left-footed cross to Carli de Murga, who was only able to send a glancing header wide.
Nine minutes later, they had another chance after Sanchez pounced on a moment of indecision by Azwan Saleh to win the ball and headed straight for goal, skipping past two challenges before unleashing a fierce shot over.
Buoyed at the way they were beginning to get into the game, Global began to show more energy and initiative and had two excellent chances to break the deadlock in the 44th minute.
First, Paul Mulders' freekick deflected off the wall but into the path of De Murga, whose point-blank range header was excellently saved by Wardun Yussof, before the rebound fell to Ben Starosta, who could only blast the rebound into the sidenetting.
Just before the break, they had another gilt-edged opening after Christiaens pushed forward on the overlap and whipped in a terrific cross to find the unmarked Sanchez, but the Spaniard was unable to connect cleanly and sent a tame shot straight at Wardun.
Ten minutes into the second half, DPMM had a good chance to make their opponents pay for their profligacy when Rosmin sent a lovely freekick into the box to pick out Rodrigo Tosi, but the Brazilian wasted the chance by steering his six-yard header wide.
Nonetheless, Global continued to look the more dangerous of the two sides and threatened once more in the 62nd minute; Christiaens playing a perfectly-weighted freekick to the far post, where Beloya met with a powerful volley but sent it into the sidenetting from an acute angle.
Christiaens, who was causing the opposition all sorts of problems down the left, then had an opportunity of his own in the 71st minute after he made his way into the box and was picked out by Sanchez's left-wing cross, but he failed to keep his header down.
By now, DPMM coach Vjeran Simunic had decided to introduce a different dimension to his attack by bringing on Arturas Rimkevicius, but he was left shaking his head seven minutes later when his Lithuanian striker missed a golden opportunity.
After Tosi's blistering long-range drive had been parried out by Sadia, the ball fell to Rimkevicius, who looked odds on to score, only for him to somehow balloon the rebound from eight yards out.
As the game entered its final stages, DPMM started to look the likelier to find the breakthrough and Tosi could only watch on in frustration as his bullet header was blocked by his own team-mate in Shahrulrizal Abd Rahman in the 85th minute, before Azwan Salleh's blistering drive four minutes later was blocked by the combined efforts of Sadia and a defender.
But in the fifth and final minute of injury-time, the deadlock was finally broken after Hendra Azam conceded a needless foul 30 yards out, allowing Christiaens to step up and swing an terrific freekick into the box, where it was met by Sanchez with a brilliant header past the stranded Wardun and into the far corner.
Global: Roland Dely Sadia, Jerry Barbaso, Ben Starosta, Ange Guisso, Jeffrey Christiaens, Delon Patrick Yao, Carli de Murga (Marwin Angeles 90'), Paul Mulders, Joshua Beloya (Marvin Angeles 68'), Misagh Bahadoran (Nino Ochoterena 81'), Rufino Sanchez.
DPMM FC: Wardun Yussof, Shahrulrizal Abd Rahman, Pg Sallehuddin Damit, Sairol Sahari (Hendra Azam 56'), Subhi Abdilah, Rosmin Kamis, Azwan Saleh, Helmi Zambin, Rodrigo Tosi, Azwan Ali (Arturas Rimkevicius 50'), Joao Moreira (Adi Said 84').
Image courtesy of BP Chua