It was the wake-up call Graham Arnold said Sydney FC needed, with an opening AFC Champions League loss leaving the A-League champions everything to do in China next week.
The Sky Blues were outscored and ultimately outplayed in Wednesday night's opening 2-0 loss to Suwon Bluewings.
Last in Group H -- albeit with only one of six matches played -- they must re-group and aim for three points away to Shanghai Shenhua next week to stay on course for the round of 16.
With Suwon still in their K-League...
For all the talk of Sydney FC being a shot at lifting the Asian Champions League trophy, they will have to do better than their 2-0 humbling by Suwon Bluewings.
In the Sky Blues' first continental litmus test over their one-and-a-half seasons of A-League dominance, the reigning champions suffered a first home defeat in almost two years.
They were silenced by a South Korean team still in preseason, thanks to a wonder strike and penalty from former Montenegro international Dejan Damjanovic.
Both are reigning A-League grand finalists and long-time powerhouses, yet the AFC Champions League couldn't present more conflicting plots for Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.
As defending domestic champions, Sydney are aiming high to break their own records and add Asia's flagship tournament to their growing trophy collection. Meanwhile, the inconsistent Victory are teetering delicately on the edge of A-League finals contention.
Kevin Muscat was still wondering where it all went wrong in Friday's...