The first thing Tian Yonghang
did upon being yielded the floor, was to praise opposition midfielder Hồ Văn Minh. "He was by some margin the best player out there today. It was tremendous, how he turned the situation around."
Tian once more dodged questions about Grilled's impending reshuffle, but he did admit to being saddened. "This is a special group of talent, and in some respects, I think we didn't live up to our full potential."
Despite the lost opportunity today, the Birds remain in pole position in Group A, and will qualify for the knockout stage with a point against Atletico Santana in the final group game. The Colombian representative drew 1-1 with Colo Colo JFC in the other fixture, a result that didn't do either club much favours.
Defending champions Security First are going strong in Group B, having already qualified with six points. They are joined by Four hearts, one soul, one family from Group E, and the duo of InterGalactic70 and Filipopolis, from Group H.