An unrepentant Islom Davlatov
didn't see what the big deal was, with the Royals fans' reaction to his behaviour. "I just gave it my all, that's football."
It was down to Neeraj Muthyala
to try and put a more positive spin on the events, as he lauded the hosts' valiant efforts when a man down. "You perhaps wouldn't know it, but they were harder to break down than it looked. Abella never let up, and Baqer covered plenty of ground in front of him too."
Farmer Bunnies would go down 0-2 to four-time Costa Rican Division Three winners Rohrmoser F.C., whose 32 year-old Dutch hitman Leonard Eberhard won it for them with a brace in the last ten minutes. Sikong Darong
would blame the soggy conditions, as the pitch weathered an early snowfall, as well as a freak injury to Brendan Leung
that immediately preceded Eberhard's goals.
"Rohrmoser haven't won eleven in a row by luck alone." national defender Tham Leng Teck
admitted. "We were battering them in the first half, but their goalie-coach Cristian Herrera was extremely quick off the mark. Otherwise, a couple of our counters should have come good."
Grilled International lost by the same scoreline to Bulgarian fourth division club Varna Spurs, with Angel Chorbadzhiev clipping a fine half-volley in on a breakout from Abdul Hamid bin Hj Ali Timbang
's chip onto their crossbar in the 32nd minute, before Pavel Študent forced a miscued cross home in the 64th.