revealed that he had entered Grilled Birds into the tournament to hone their sharpness and confidence, but admitted that he was having second thoughts about the efficacy of that now. "The rain helped them more than us, I thought, but the way we shipped three goals in as many minutes was worrying. It's back to the drawing board, for Wednesday's game with Barca."
On the brighter side, Noubaryan confirmed that Neeraj Muthyala
had been back in training for a couple of days. "He's not looked like he's been away, frankly. Maybe you'll see him in that Barca match."
The Farmer Bunnies succeeded where the Birds had not, as they left it till late against former German Rubin-Pokal champions Fortuna Münchsberg. That turned out to be a far more active affair than most had expected, with Münchsberg allowed to take the initiative after Sofian Azfar
and Jon Benson
had given the Buns an early 2-0 lead, only for Kai Erkner and Boleslav Kutepov to square it all up with ten minutes remaining.
Münchsberg seemed okay with settling for extra time, which backfired as the Buns heaped on the pressure, and Mushtag Al-Nameeri
soon answered from a savagely-contested corner. Vishnu Tallapaka
then confirmed their passage, with a dipping free-kick over the wall that Münchsberg's Hong Kong Number One Leung Qingwei didn't think possible.
The Buns will meet another German team in Perugia Calcio s.p.a. next, after they had disposed of Palatia Limbach 5-0, in a mismatch that saw Limbach's Thorsten Hruschka sent off for two yellow cards. Dalibor Kostadinović
foresaw a similar style. "They tend to be very disciplined, these Deutsche sides. Take a lot to break down."