Embracing The Top
Although cupwinners CoCoTeaTree Islanders gave -= Manchester United =- no openings in a staid 2-0 job, Sandy Footprints' 4-0 win over tourney organizers Upright Stick of Justice meant that Team Embracing finished at the head of Group A, with two wins and a draw.
They will be joined by Team Attentive in the knockout stage, after they cleaned Team Fairness out in all three of their fixtures, to finish second on six points. They will likely face Team Community, who include two III.15 stalwarts in Ropelearner FC and -Blitz-, and who have swept Group B in some style.
Team Embracing should be up against Team Supportive, who appear to have drawn their winner-take-all matchup with Team Caring, to stay as Group B runners-up by goal difference. "But we'll let the organizers have the final say on that." Hovaness Noubaryan
Over in Nicaragua, the Buns were humbled by two-time Copa Nacional Rubén Darío holders Pikku Pieni, who wiped them 8-1 in a commanding long-shooting masterclass. Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
did little to motivate his restoration to the starting lineup, as former Syrian youth international Solaiman Al-Akel shone with three from all angles.
Sole Bunnies scorer Morgan Hu
was under no illusions about how poor they were. "It was one of our worst days in a long, long while." he said, shaking his head. "Pikku imposed their game on us, and we had no answer at all."
It was better for Grilled International against Albanian second divisioners actionball, whose reserves didn't put up much of a fight in a 0-5 defeat. Franciszek Jaźwiecki
was put out early on by a stray Kristian Rraklli tackle, but not before Ragib Banović
had struck a beaut from the left. Banović would also close the scoring, with a piledriver in the 49th minute.
The Bosnian forward wasn't shy about stating his desires, after his stellar showing. "I hope to start more in the league."