Anything But Dullius
rightly got his fair share of attention after a stellar brace in this local friendly, which he modestly downplayed. "It's nice to score, but a lot of it was down to my teammates. I'm looking to feature more in the S-League for the coming season."
At Carrot Field, the Farmer Bunnies whitewashed Iranian II.1 side saegheshargh by six goals to nil, with Amir Ata Boushehri suffering a knee injury futilely attempting to prevent Llamil Vener
from scoring the first of those, in the 21st minute. Former Rabbit Sunil Patel
would then find the net on his senior debut with a beefy header, before goalie Vivian Grubenmann
demonstrated his penalty chops.
Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
would be wasteful overall, but did finish competently in the 40th; the final goals would come from Tham Leng Teck
and Daniel Nguyen
, in the final few minutes of standard time.
Tham reckoned that Boushehri's leaving the game so early adversely affected saegheshargh's strength. "It's a shame, he was perhaps the best performer on the pitch when it happened. The match would have been much closer otherwise."
The most enthralling fixture of the day would be International's against former Copa Consuelo Hilario Vargas winners Dullius, over in Paraguay. After being alternatively 2-0 up and 2-3 down, Tibor Atzenhain
seemed to have won it for International in the 82nd minute, upon poaching a second for himself. Fernando Zaracho would however level it with a magnificent dribble, before sensationally getting sent off for shoving an International player during his celebrations.
Extra time beckoned, and International would once more take the lead, as Hesky Atmanegara
threaded it in from within a packed box. Dullius however came back to take it despite being a man down, as Rolando Villasanti and Miguel Alzamora scored within three minutes of each other.
Skipper Wang Hanxuan
was disappointed at not being able to maintain their goal cushions, but conceded that it had been a fine game for the fans. "Two games rolled into one, in fact."