3 - 4 Grilled Birds
It was a relieved Hovaness Noubaryan
who embraced Marvin Carlier at the final whistle. "I really didn't want it to go into extra time." the Grilled head coach said. "Hanns were getting stronger, and we're still getting our fitness levels up."
"Good news is that we should have a full squad to pick from against Kim Tae Hee FC." he went on. "Velho and Mottl lived up to expectations today, and that's what we have a rotation for."
There was the same seven goals, if a lot less excitement, over in Serangoon at the Albirex Niigata Arena. The Farmer Bunnies had a pretty easy day at the office, with Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
leading five other scorers in a 7-0 whitewash.
would however drop the bombshell that Sim Leng Cheng
- who had started the scoring in the eleventh minute - had asked to be placed on the transfer list. "I don't want to make too much of it yet, but it has always been my motto that football is a two-way street. The club picks the players, but the player also has to want the club."
It didn't go as well for Grilled International against HELLAS VERONA A.C. 1971 the day before, as they fell 2-3 to the Italians. Safari bin Hj Jali
opened on the half-hour from Wang Chu Chi
's fine cross, but he was soon off due to the lingering effects of the knock he took to his head then. VERONA would make it 3-1 by the 69th minute, and though Hardi bin Besar
pulled one back, Emilio Nati saved a late effort from substitute Osertz Indurain
to preserve the win.
International are now up against El Salvadorean club Parsifals' fantastic beasts in the Ruby Challenger Cup, but given their affiliation with Cambodian Premier League side De Ridders van Parsifal, they may find advancement no less difficult.