A Passing Of The Baton?
Luis Alcántara had to admit that their squad depth was not what it once was, after watching his Birds get their asses handed to them on a platter.
"The bigger problem is, the guys were trying." the grizzled assistant coach said. "We were just not good enough."
Grilled's hapless capitulation could not escape being contrasted with Farmer Bunnies' solid 4-1 win over Uzbek Division Two hosts Moròn, and there was no hint of any special fortune in their grittily-effective grinding down of their opponents.
Veteran Italian striker Roberto Boninsegna barely had a sniff before his remarkable late consolation, but by then the Buns had long put the match under control, and had cruise mode engaged.
Bunnies gaffer Sikong Darong
diplomatically declined to comment on the issue. "Our clubs have a special relationship, and I don't think it's fair for me to give an opinion on this."
Grilled International were on the up-and-up too, and while their narrow 1-0 victory over Colombian Division Four club Sociedá Deportiva Pousada de Rengos wasn't much to write home about, with Sazwan bin Hj Muhd Salleh
profiting off an unforced dropped cross by Adolfo Velandia, Tajit bin Mohd
just wanted all the positive results he could get.
"It's a wonderful win under the circumstances, especially given the quality of their wingers. A real team effort out there today!"