Through From Group C
It was well within expectations for Hovaness Noubaryan
, who cited Stratton's youth in excusing their manner of defeat. "There's plenty of potential there - mostly far from being fulfilled just yet."
With Playboys Us whitewashing their junior affiliates 6-0, Grilled finished second in Group C, and were drawn against Group B winners FisherKing. The Iranian II.4 club had yet to concede in their three wins, though they had just been beaten 0-4 by Playboys Us in the parallel Flodebol tournament.
All indications point to a tough match for the Birds, that considered, with FisherKing able to field a formidable blend of mobility and height. "Their midfield gets up and down the pitch a lot." Yuta Nakakita
observed. "I don't think they'll accept a waiting game."