Perth Glory are still searching for a drought-breaking Asian Champions League win after going down 2-0 in another heartbreak loss to K-League powerhouse Ulsan Hyundai tonight.
Just as they did in their first meeting on Tuesday night, Ulsan sealed Glory’s fate in the dying minutes.
And the goals, in the last three minutes, came from the same players – Kim In-Sung and Junior Negrao – who sealed Glory’s fate in the earlier 2-1 defeat.
It was inexperience by a young side that brought them down again, unable to maintain concentration for the full 90 minutes at Doha’s Education City Stadium.
Coach Richard Garcia will not be happy at another loss but be would have been pleased with the overall performance from his youthful squad.
Glory needed a miracle to progress past the pool stage and Garcia named a starting side that would have had Ulsan coach Do Hoon Kim racing to his Google search.
It was a team with a real pre-season look to it.
Garcia has made no secret that he is taking the long view with the A-League a priority, and he is using the ACL to give plenty of young faces a chance to push for senior squad places.
He has rotated new combinations as he juggles his squad in a demanding schedule and he gave another five players their starting debut.
Three, Giordano Colli, Nicholas Walsh and Mason Tatafu, are from the club academy while Carlo Armiento, who joined midway through last season, got his first start.
New signing, Dutch central defender Darryl Lachmann, made his first appearance.
Only three players, Tando Velphi, Dane Ingham and Bryce Bafford, were in the side that started the last clash.
Ulsan were patient, using plenty of movement and rotation through the midfield, as they did in the last game, against a compact Glory defence.
Glory were forced to defend for long periods but Ulsan’s passing game produced limited opportunities for quick counter-attack and Glory were able to throw plenty of numbers behind the ball.
Ulsan dominated both halves with more than 65 per cent of possession and had 18 shots to Glory’s four.
Norwegian striker Bjorn Maars Johnsen, Koh Myong-Jin and Park Jung-In all had first-half chances but forced Glory goalkeeper Tando Velahi into just one save.
At the other end Ulsan goalkeeper Jo So-Huk saved superbly as an Armiento shot flew towards the top right hand corner.
After the break Ulsan’s domination continued.
Velaphi brilliantly tipped a Johnsen header onto the post, Kim In-Sung wasted a point bank header and Ulsan had a penalty shout turned down before they produced the killer blows.