Sicced By Sigueme
Mexican Division Four leaders Proyecto Sigueme flattened Grilled's reserves at home today, recording a 6-1 scoreline that largely reflected the state of affairs on the pitch. 30 year-old Polish skipper Mateusz Ucher was at the centre of Proyecto's machinations, linking defence and attack with remarkable consistency.
It was certainly better that what the fast-improving Moey Xin Seng
could muster as yet, and there was no question who won the midfield battle; not only that, Proyecto were bursting with quality all over, as could be discerned in the ninth minute when Brazilian centreback Altamiro Lobão did an excellent impression of a top forward, with his no-look volley past a stunned Krystian Rykowski
Grilled did have their opportunities too, but they were few and far between. Italian attacker Pompeo Bellamoli
got perhaps the pick of the lot, after Kalki Parvathaneni
forced through a diagonal pass despite being shadowed by David Hardel; sadly, Bellamoli didn't get any power behind the shot.
Sigueme would gradually take the game over following that, and homegrown favourite Eladio Aquiahuatl finished from the wing in the 26th minute, throwing more fire onto the debate over his best position. Ucher would then up it to 3-0 mere minutes later, taking over from Xermán Arxibai's spilled strike, and rounding the grounded Rykowski to walk it in.
Martín Andrés Chaparro replaced Davie Thomson for the second half, but it was the Birds who exhibited the first signs of life, targeting Lobão's tendency to drift upfield. On one such occasion in the 50th minute, Parvathaneni timed a run in behind, with Leong Wan Kang
as bait. It turned out well, and the Indian midfielder would nick a lob over Japanese goalie Shingo Tanimura.
Feeling their advantage slip a little, coach Pedro Ruiz Mora sent on French forward Rémy Boillet for Phillipp Machoritsch on the hour mark, to which Luis Alcántara responded by giving Yuki Irie
gametime. Bacelar wasn't joking when he mentioned that Yuki was far from match-ready, however, and the centreback was woefully slow when facing Boillet one-on-one, leading to 4-1 in the 73rd minute.
Giacomo Borgarello would add to the hosts' tally two minutes later, after a committed assault through the middle, and although Krystian Rykowski
raised some eyebrows with a sharp save from one of Arxibai's quick releases, they would capitalize on Yuki Irie
's poor fitness further in the 81st, with Martín Andrés Chaparro completing the rout.