Malaysian champions Johor Darul Takzim recorded a 3-1 first leg loss to Qadsia SC in their AFC Cup semi-final debut at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium on Tuesday.
Doris Fuakuputu opened the scoring for the defending champions of tournament before they netted another two goals through skipper Bader Al Mutawa and Seydouba Soumah.
However, Amri Yahya gave JDT a glimmer of hope with his goal eight minutes from the final whistle and Mario Gomez was pleased to see his side get a crucial away goal.
“To be honest, things would have been good if the result was 2-1, but now it is very hard as the result is big,” said the 58-year-old Argentinian tactician.
“In the second leg, we have to score two goals but we will rely on our supporters to have a good result.
“If the match finished with a 3-0 win for Qadsia, then it would have been harder but the goal that we scored will give us a chance. We will try our best in the second leg.”
JDT will get a boost for the return leg as their key striker Luciano Figuero will return in the match which will be held at Larkin Stadium on October 19.