08 September 2020
No Slowing Down

One might have thought that the exertions of winning the double would have led Grilled Birds to muddle through - or even abandon - the post-season tournaments, and Eren Serpin did indicate that he wasn't expecting anything at all in light of that, but the team would simply refuse to relax. The Birds would find themselves placed 79th of 7806 participants after three wins on a packed first day, including two 6-0 blowouts.

It began against the similarly-coloured The Great Green Arkleseizure of the Swiss VII.383, which had Wu Jinglong take just seven minutes to register his first assist for Grilled, a sweet through ball placed on a platter for Kalki Parvathaneni. Bernie Egan would add two, with Cyril Künzler finishing up after Klemens Fragstein zu Niemsdorff's late red card. Egan was equally as sharp against Canadian Division Three opponents Diablos' Revenge next, as he obtained a brace along with Moey Xin Seng and Kalki, in an exhibition of pure striking might.

Milan-based Italian fifth division long-timers Sandman put up more of a challenge in their navy-and-white stripes, though Grilled nonetheless went 3-0 up by the 33rd minute, spurred by Salah Kamel's second-minute stunner. Felipe Beitia did get one back from a penalty early in the second half, and Bernie Egan's strike would be followed by a splendid counterattacking goal from Lazzaro Sicuranza, for a 4-2 final score.

"We're in it to win it, I'm not sure why yesterday should make a difference." the ever-combative Chan Ze Han quipped. "That's not how we should approach the game, surely?"

This buoyancy was not replicated by the other Grilled clubs, sadly, as Farmer Bunnies would have to endure a losing record in their Heroes of 2014 Trophy duties, with a first 1-3 loss at the hands of Danish V.3 champions Sundby United. Nurlan Ablaev made his consolation for himself, as Sundby prevailed through sheer attacking force, despite an arguably misplaced focus on the wings.

Ablaev's scoring form continued with two against Italian Division Seven foes Anfield_Reds in an easy 6-0, before the Buns lost 1-3 for a second time, to Brazilian IV.11 titlewinners Esquadrão Rubro-Negro. Rashid Nasir al Din was simply not an adequate stand-in for the recovering Vivian Grubenmann, as he conceded two very-saveable efforts by Jordanian forward Khalid Hmoud.

Grilled International fared slightly better, although they had to first suffer a 5-3 beating from Colombian Division Three champs Poker de Diamantes FC, whose Cambodian import Vibol Nourn dazzled with a hat-trick. Fausto Perono wasn't too far off with two set-piece strikes, though, and the Italian would maintain his brace-scoring habits in the next two matches too - first, a 5-2 win over Danish sixth division side FC Skovbakken, and then an epic six-all draw against Norwegian Division Six outfit Jordgubbarna United FC.

    Spluttering Out
    Linealidad For Eight
    Hamid Hams It Up
    Wee To Keltoi Vigo
    No Slowing Down
    Respect The Dragon
    Bunnies Battling Hard
    Champions Of Singapore
    Into The Annals
    International Go Down
2016-08-01 00:37:41
anonymous: Thanks for the special mention :) I would just like to expre...
2015-08-17 18:50:02
anonymous: excellent read as always!- Yjorn
2015-06-13 03:08:41
anonymous: Rasha say
2014-12-14 16:56:39
gilbertlim: well, it seemed like that.
2014-12-12 18:26:33
anonymous: I didn't play a 4-5-2
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