After seven of ten rounds, the S-League is now 57th of 486 leagues in the World Battle tourney, with a 5-2 record; this followed an aggregate win against the Venezuelan II.3, thanks to Grilled's 6-2, and Sarcastic Fringeheads' 4-0 whitewash of Meyis F.C.. Ryan Kerr and Hans Heinrich Merkatz were well on point for Fringeheads, as they recorded two each in a dominant outing.
It was rather less sanguine for UDNTK FC, who picked up a fourth loss in the tournament, after being crushed 1-5 by former Copa Galileo Rubí winners Diablos de Amazonas FC. The contest was characterized by the sheer genius of versatile national star Néstor Chacón, who struck twice from leftback, and it was left to Andrija Galov to salvage a late consolation for UDNTK.
"It's nice to be back in the groove again." Kalle ter Berg
commented. "It's my turn to do the cheering on the sidelines, come Sunday!"
Grilled International's chase for the Division Five title continued in like fashion, but while they hammered Dutch hosts Chocolate City Red Sox by five goals to one - with a Fausto Perono
brace lifting them following Hardi bin Besar
's equalizer of Hermenegildo Pita Caños's 19th minute breakthrough - they would only fall further behind Mahabas FC on goal difference.
Mahabas FC's 9-0 slaughter of Lạng Sơn FC sees them now six goals ahead of International, with Franciszek Jeger having caught Wang Hanxuan
in the top scorers' table too, and Wang would have to admit that the season climax at Mahabas is looking increasingly like a must-win. "Our fate remains solidly in our own hands, so there's that."
Chua Jun Long
would again be an unused substitute after having just returned from representing the national U-20 team in North Macedonia. The friendly ended 1-1, with Jamal bin Hj Salam's excellent 31st minute bombshell being answered by Bojan Shumulikovski in the second half. Chua would be subbed out with ten minutes remaining for Hj Mohammad bin Othman, as the head coach decided to protect the result.